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Ex-Bear Bryan Robinson dead at 41

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Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, a 14 year NFL veteran, was found dead on Saturday evening in a Milwaukee hotel room. He was 41 years old.

Robinson, who started his career as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 1997, played with the Bears from 1998 to 2003. He literally had a hand in one of the greatest moments in Bears' history, when he blocked a field goal to seal a 14-13 win against the Green Bay Packers on November 7, 1999, in what has become known as "Walter Payton Game."

Payton died just days earlier on November 1st, and his spirit followed the Bears to Lambeau Field that day. Robinson blocked a 28 yard field goal attempt by Green Bay's Ryan Longwell as time expired. "I think Walter Payton actually picked me up a little bit and boosted me up in the air because I can't jump that high," Robinson said after the November 7th game. "Walter had a lot to do with it. I know he did."

Robinson also played with the Miami Dolphins (2004), Cincinnati Bengals (2005-2007) and the Arizona Cardinals (2008-2010).

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office will release the results of an autopsy and toxicology reports as soon as they are available.

Here's the statement from the Bears on Robinson's passing.