Time for a Change

I find players switching from one position to another in the NFL intriguing. Not so much a guard moving to center or a strong side linebacker playing middle, but a quarterback converting to running back? Now you’ve got my attention. In a game like football where each position requires such a unique set of skills, I like the idea of a football player who has the athletic ability that transcends this, you know old school 2 yards and a cloud of dust iron man football. The way it was meant to be played! Many Bears players over the years have shuffled to different spots on the field and so with a little digging into history I present this quiz. These are all modern era (1980s to present) and I’ll post the answers and references at some point so we can all compare notes.

  1. To say he was a good corner might be ridiculous, but that’s what he was drafted to play. He spent a little time there his rookie season but after that he played wide receiver with some success.

  2. He set the Division 1-AA career rushing record and won the Walter Payton Award as a running back in college but he spent his NFL career with the Bears as a corner.

  3. He played fullback, then tight end, and then fullback some more for the Lions and Jaguars. He then went to Chicago and played fullback for two years and then linebacker for one year before retiring.

  4. This linebacker for the Demon Deacons was a tight end for the Bears. He spent five years with the team and had 278 yards receiving with three touchdowns.

  5. After a couple of unremarkable seasons at defensive end, this player is giving linebacker a whirl.

  6. Denver drafted this wide receiver and turned him into a tight end. He spent eight years with the Bears and had several good years until he was hampered by injuries and a certain offensive coordinator that didn’t like tight ends.

  7. This Arena Football League player came to the Bears as a corner but proved himself to be pretty clutch as a slot receiver. After the Bears, he went to the Lions as a receiver but filled in at corner as well.

  8. He was a defensive tackle as a rookie but moved to the other side of the ball shortly after that. This big guy blocked or deflected eight field goals during his career with the Bears.

  9. He never made the switch full time, but this large defensive tackle played fullback on goal line and short yardage situations.

  10. Actually, there was another defensive tackle who played fullback at the goal line a decade after everyone’s favorite kitchen appliance grabbed the nation’s attention doing so. He’s got 3 receiving touchdowns coming out of the backfield.

  11. This tackle should have gotten the rock at the goal line. He was a running back in college, after all. Maybe he’ll get his chance now that he’s back in his home state.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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