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The Bears Den: June 30, 2011

"...where I couldn't believe that she knew my name. Some of my best friends didn't know my name."

Goodell, Smith go to seminar together | Albert Breer: Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith opened a four-day labor discussion in Minnesota, then hopped on a plane to Florida to speak to rookie players.

89 - Mike Ditka - Chicago Bears | In honor of Richard Dent's upcoming enshrinement, we're celebrating the rest of the Bears who have preceded him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

How did Urlacher get his first career start? | Larry discusses how Brian Urlacher got his first NFL start, players who have worn unconventional numbers and Bears players who have caught touchdown passes from Jay Cutler.

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NFL labor: Is NFL labor peace breaking out? - Sam Farmer: All signs point to the NFL and players inching closer to a labor agreement that would not only save the season but keep training camps and exhibition games intact.

Tell us what you’d do with no NFL - Chicago Sun-Times It looks like both sides are moving closer together in the NFL labor dispute and they might avoid a lost or abbreviated season, but what if they don’t? The Afternoon Sports Club wants you to comment. Or, just leave your comments below.

An actual sign of progress on the labor front - Inside the Bears There's been a lot of speculation on dates, locations and meetings, as the owners and players work toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Our pal Sean Jensen tells us about it.

Legends on Lockout | Former Bears linebacker Otis Wilson has a message for NFL players during the lockout while Dan Hampton makes a prediction for when all the issues will be resolved. Tony Eason goes 0 for 7, sacked.

Plaxico Burress gives eye-opening speech to rookies | ProFootballTalk Michael David Smith: Today's speakers at the NFLPA* rookie symposium included a man whose life can serve as a cautionary tale: Plaxico Burress.

Could Ochocinco Be a Bear? | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: The outspoken star could land in Chicago. But should he?

Going Camping With a Former Bear | NBC Chicago Video: Alex Brown may now play for the New Orleans Saints, but he still calls Chicago home. The Defensive End is getting down and dirty teaching the tricks of his trade to some up and coming football stars.

Bears mailbag: Who's ready to break out? - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Bears beat reporter Jeff Dickerson dips into his mailbag.

Source: QB Nate Enderle begins workouts with Chicago Bears - ESPN Chicago Jeff Dickerson: Another new face showed up at the Chicago Bears' unofficial off season workouts.

Best of NFL: NFC North coaches - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: As part of Best of the NFL Week on, here are five bests for the NFC North.

Power Rankings: Top 10 NFL players - NFC East Blog - ESPN Dan Graziano: It's the debate of the moment in today's NFL. Which superstar quarterback is the best?

NFL defensive free agents will be in high demand - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN Adam Caplan: Here’s an inside look at the top-15 defensive players with at least four years of service and potential landing spots.

Are NFL writers too negative? | National Football Post NFL players are forever making a difference off the field but few get credit.

NFLPA boss DeMaurice Smith to players: No agreement in near future - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN Jay Glazer says secret phone call has dampened CBA hopes.