This day two years ago the Chicago Bears broke the bank and made one of the boldest moves in the history of the franchise. The constant position of need for the Bears had been the most important one on the field, and then all of a sudden a dream came true. A 25-year-old gifted QB fresh off a Pro Bowl was available for trade.
All of the faithful were praying (even if they weren’t religious) for the Bears to pull this off. Angelo was famous for being stingy and not too quick to pull the trigger on a move like this. Early in the day on April 2, 2009 it seemed to be a lock that the Washington Redskins would nab Cutler. Living in DC this broke my heart to see Cutler possibly on his way to Burgundy and Gold and not the beloved Navy and Orange. A few hours later my 10 year old brother runs into my room screaming at the top of his lungs "WE GOT HIM!" and repeated it over and over.
I was jumping up and down like I had just witnessed the birth of my first child or the Bears winning it all. I flipped to ESPN/NFL Network/ ESPNNEWS/Comcastsportsnet just to see it flashing across the screen. I proceded to call my dad who is a lifelong fan to tell him the news and was equally in joy. I was in total shock, it really happened. I wanted football season NOW! It sucked losing a class act like Kyle Orton but it was easily made up for with the talent of Jay Cutler.
2 years later I LOVE the trade and will stand by Jay through and through. What many people fail to point out is that the bears also acquired a 5th round pick which become Pro Bowl returner and playmaking receiver Johnny Knox. Denver hasn’t showed anything really with their draft picks. Thomas may develop into a talent but seems to be stuck with the injury bug while Ayers has yet to make an impact. They also traded the 3rd round pick which became Mike Wallace another rising star.
This was also the day I joined WCG I believe. That’s my story anyone else got one?
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