Hey Windy City Gridiron, this is The Beautiful Day Monster. I have decided to join in on the comments here and try to share my views, particularly on one player in particular who I have had the privilege to watch develop and become a leader throughout his collegiate career; Shea McClellin. After enjoying lurker status for a couple years here, a momentous occasion in my life has led me to start commenting: recently just bought tickets to see the Bears play in San Francisco in November, for my first ever Bears (and NFL) game! It's going to be a blast!
So, a little more about myself. I live in Portland, OR, and have two main football loves, the Bears, and the Boise State Broncos. My older brother played TE for BSU back in the early 2000's, so my whole family loves the Broncos. Titus Young once gave my mother a hug after a game, so now, unfortunately, she is a Detroit Lions fan, rooting for "her boy T". She is quite unhappy with his antics of late though, haha. Combine that with my old man being a Packers fan, and it makes for quite the divided family come game time for any NFC North games on tv.
For obvious reasons, it is a little easier for me to follow the Broncos than it is the Bears. Over the last two seasons, I have had season tickets to the BSU games, and have made a road trip over to Boise from Portland for the home games, so I have had quite the exposure to what type of a player Shea is. Over at One Bronco Nation Under God, he has always been regarded as a strong leader of the defense, coming through when the team needs him to the most. He leads the team by his play, not by loud words and celebrations. In all my time watching him play, the biggest celebration you would see out of him was a fist pump, and then he was back to work. Everything you read about him, the quietness, the hard worker, and the non stop motor is true. I will be honest, I was not super excited that the Bears drafted him, because as has been discussed to no end, he did seem to be a better fit for a 3-4 defense than a 4-3, but I have warmed up to it more, and think that he will be effective regardless. With the coaching that Marinelli will provide, who knows what will come of him? Only time will tell. Hopefully we will have another Monster of the Midway on our hands.
Here's to a huge year for the Bears, hopefully ending in W down in New Orleans. Bear Down!