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Bears Add Wide Receiver Coach

He’s a face familiar to Matt Nagy and apparently an all-around good guy.

Walter Payton Man of the Year Press Conference Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Matt Nagy continues to assemble his staff. After (finally) securing the services of Vic Fangio for another three years, the former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator returned to the offensive side of the football, this time picking up Mike Furrey as the wide receivers coach for the team.

Furrey was a teammate of Nagy in 2002 when they both played for the New York Dragons in the Arena League. Furrey left the Arena League for the NFL. In addition to serving in the NFL as a wide receiver as recently as 2009 (amassing nearly 2300 total receiving yards in the NFL), he also played defensive back for much of his time.

He then transitioned to coaching, serving as the head coach of Kentucky Christian University, the wide receivers coach at Marshall University, and most recently the head coach of Limestone College.

Other interesting tidbits from Furrey’s career include his leading the Arena League in receptions, yards, and touchdowns while with the Dragons and winning an award from the Detroit media for his cooperation with and friendliness to reporters during his time with the Lions (the “good guy” award). He was one of three Walter Payton Man of the Year finalists in 2010 while playing for the Cleveland Browns (he was also the recipient of the Browns’ Ed Block Courage award in 2009).

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