We’re all Chicago Bears fans around here, so today’s round table question was a simple one.
Who is your favorite current Bears player?
Like a lot of Bears fans, my favs can fluctuate from year to year and even week to week, but the last couple of seasons it’s been the same guy, Akiem Hicks. He was my highest ranked current Bear when I did my 100 Favorite Bears of All-Time list last offseason, and he’s still my guy as we head into the 2020 season. It’s not enough that he’s an exciting player to watch terrorize opposing offenses, but off the field he’s a likeable and fun personality that tells it like it is.
Most of my fellow WCG’ers agreed with me on Hicks, but he wasn’t the only player mentioned...
“Let me say that I was on the Akiem Hicks bandwagon before there was a band. I was just slapping me knees for rhythm and singing his praises. To be fair, I don’t think Hicks was officially my favorite Bear until the 2018 offseason when he campaigned aggressively for orange alternate jerseys. I think the orange jerseys look good, but even if I didn’t, the fact that he cared so much about making sure he could look his best to play his best speaks to his comprehensive approach to attaining excellence by every means available. He’s the Bears player most frequently compared to an actual Bear, and he’s intelligent, transparent, and charming while breaking down game tape.“ ~ Patti Curl
“Akiem Hicks. I love his personality, his play and what he brings to the Bears’ defense.” ~ Sam Householder
“That’s a tough question but I’m going to go with Akiem Hicks. It would be just as easy to say Khalil Mack or even Allen Robinson, but there’s something about Hicks’ energy both on and off the field that I absolutely love. I think it also helps that he was someone that was once considered a draft “bust” but found himself once he left for New England. It’s hard to believe that a few off-seasons ago, he was a second-wave addition on a two-year, $10 million deal without sky-high expectations. He has since turned that into a big second deal and is arguably the second most important player on the defensive side of the ball.” ~ Aaron Leming
“I’d have to go with Khalil Mack. It’s exciting to watch one of the best pass-rushers in the game absolutely maul blockers often 50 to 60 pounds his superior or evade them with incredible flexibility. He’s a very hard player to stop, and even if you somehow manage to neutralize him, someone else will likely swoop in and bring the quarterback down.” ~ Jacob Infante
“I’d have to say Khalil Mack. The levels of excitement and persona he brought to Chicago following his arrival are second only to Michael Jordan’s return to the Chicago Bulls in my personal opinion. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime caliber player at his position, and he’s a Chicago Bear.” ~ Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter
“Khalil Mack. It’s always Khalil Mack. I don’t care if I sound like a broken record. Mack’s melody is harmonic enough to replay over and over without becoming grating. In the 14 years I’ve paid attention to the comings and goings of the Bears, I’ve never seen an athlete as utterly breathtaking as what he’s capable of. The common nomenclature with someone like Mack is “freak.” Sometimes that might be overused. Sometimes that’s applied too casually, but not in his case. He’s a freak, and in every sense of the word. An enjoyable one-man appointment viewing of a freak.” ~ Robert Zeglinski
“Allen Robinson. I can’t really explain this one other than to say that every time he makes a catch I smile really hard. It could be because I’ve seen him pull down balls that had no business being caught (that sideline throw in London comes to mind) or it could be because of the way I’ve seen hm dominate as both a physical force and technical route runner, but either way I think Robinson’s my guy with Hicks as a close second.“ ~ Robert Schmitz
“Roy Robertson-Harris comes to mind, because he went undrafted and has started, albeit in place of injured players.” ~ Jack Salo
Now it’s your turn...
Who is your favorite current Chicago Bears player?
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