I just wanted to right a quick post about what it means to me to be a Bears fan in the military.
I grew up in Geneseo, Illinois, a small farm community that lives for Sundays. I used to watch every Bears game with my friends and family just as every Bears fan does. I have always loved Bears football but its true that sometimes you dont realize what you have until its gone! I joined the Navy in 2002 and since have been on 3 deployments to the gulf and spent many other days out to sea. Im not sure how many Bears games I missed over the last 8 years, but I came to realize that it wasnt just the Bears that I was missing. It was the fact that the Bears used to bring my family and friends together once a week to enjoy what was the best day of every week. I missed out on God knows how many good and bad plays to cheer and beer to. All of the arguements I would get in with the few Packers fans in my town. I missed what Bears football would bring as a whole. I just recently have been able to start enjoying a few years back on land and this season has been my excitement for a long time. I have a baby boy that I get to dress up in his little Bears jerseys and try to convince him that Soldier field is not the place where dad goes to work, but a place that he will hopefully come to know as the field in which the Bears played there way to the 2010 Super Bowl Championship! And no matter what happens this season, My family and I will finally once again be able to enjoy the greatest sport and team in the world. Da Bears 2010!