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The Bear’s Den, January 28, 2021

Another defensive assistant coach heads out the door, this time to rival Detroit, as the Bears scout the Senior Bowl.

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Defensive tackle Dan Hampton #99 of the Chicago Bears tries to get around the Kansas City Chiefs defense during a game at Soldier Field on November 11, 1987 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 31-28.
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