What's goin' on, y'all? For me, life has been pretty hectic. I wanted to post this blog entry a lot sooner, but, as I'm sure you can imagine, I've been busy since the trade went through. Finally, I can get back into the bloggin' business.
Speaking of the trade I was just involved in, I figured the first post I'd give ya here on the WCG would be a rundown of how it happened. Needless to say, it was a wild experience.
The roller coaster started rollin' the night before the day of the trade. It was a Monday and I was getting ready to go to game four of the Charlotte Bobcats' playoff game against Orlando. My mind was 100% focused on what I hoped would be a Bobcat win, and then my agent, Albert Elias, called (Follow that guy on Facebook - He's too cool). He said..."Chris -- The (Carolina) Panthers are trying to trade you. And if they can't find a deal by tomorrow they're going to release you."
I was kinda shocked - I really didn't foresee that news coming, at all. Honestly, I thought that if the Panthers were going to send me on my way they would have let me go back in March, when they released a lot of other guys on the team. So -- yeah -- to get that call from Albert the day after the NFL Draft was somewhat shocking.
The next morning, Albert calls again and told me, "Hey... You might be going to St. Louis, OR I can see if you can get back with the Bears."
I was like, "Well, between us two, get me back with the Bears."
So Albert - being the great agent he is - went to work and made things happen for me, like REALLY quickly. In what felt like no time at all, he was calling me back saying, "You're going back to the Bears."
I'm sure many of you who followed the story that day already know this, but after I got off the phone with Albert, I logged into my Twitter account (Twitter.com/ChrisHarrisNFL) and tweeted...
"Breaking News: I will be traded to the Chicago Bears. Carolina, you have been great to me and will be deeply missed. I'll always have a special place in my heart for you."
Weeeeeell... I guess Albert told me what was going to happen a little prematurely, because the deal wasn't all the way done, yet. So, later that day, the Bears called me and asked that I delete the tweet, because things weren't official yet - so I did. But, on a pretty cool note, concerning my status update, I understand that I was the first professional athlete to tweet my trade via Twitter. Pretty cool, huh?
So that's how it went down. I was excited to be coming back to the team I started my career with, but - at the same time - it was still a bit of a bittersweet moment, because Charlotte and I enjoyed some great times together. I had a ton of fun with the fans, was able to break a team record, and just straight-up enjoyed my experience with Charlotte all the way around. Panther Nation... You will be missed.
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Chicago. I mean, how could I not? It's where my NFL career started! It's gonna be beyond cool to get back with the guys who are still around from when I was last there. Having them still be with the team really made this process of heading back to Chicago much easier, because I'll be able to look at some familiar faces in the locker room.
Now that I'm slowly but surely getting myself settled back into the Chi, I'm REALLY starting to become excited about getting this upcoming season up and running. We all have a lot of reasons to be pumped about what we've got coming up. And, since I've now got some say in how this team plays, I can promise all y'all that I'm gonna get my teammates to join me in my plan to BOYCOTT LOSING!
Twenty-ten's 'bout the wins, baby!