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Spice Adams talks Sun Bowl, Bears future, and more

Windy City Gridiron recently spoke exclusively with the former Bears defensive tackle.

The Players’ Tribune Hosts Players’ Night Out 2017 Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for The Players’ Tribune

When you turn on the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 29, odds are you’ll see Anthony “Spice” Adams on your television screens at some point.

The former Chicago Bears and 49ers defensive tackle-turned-social media megastar will be in attendance at the Sun Bowl, serving as an in-game entertainment liaison of sorts. As a part of his trip down to El Paso, Adams will also be assisting Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Mission Tiger project, which joins with Albertsons Companies Foundation, to donate $30,000 to El Paso’s Eastwood Middle School. The donation will be used to help provide access to sports uniforms and equipment for middle schoolers.

“I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun,” Adams told Windy City Gridiron. “This is right in my wheelhouse, man. So, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, first quarter, Tony the Tiger and myself, we’re going to go out and throw the pigskin and get the fans involved and get the kids involved in halftime. We’re going to throw footballs into bowls or something like that. We’re gonna have a friendly competition between Tony the Tiger and myself. Everything just revolves around Mission Tiger.

“There’s nothing like seeing the smiles on the kids faces, so if you’re just there, just running around and throwing footballs and stuff like that, kids never forget that. I’m looking forward to having a good time there. It’s Notre Dame and Oregon State, so football is going to be played, so I’m in my element. I think football is one of the greatest sports of all time, so I’m just going to have a great time and have a ball.”

Adams mentioned that Detroit Pistons legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas once came to visit his school when he was growing up, and it was something he cherishes to this day. It’s his hope that he can provide a similar experience to children wanting to meet a famous athlete.

Prior to his 9-year career in the NFL, Adams spent four seasons at Penn State, having participated in two bowl games during his time there. He noted that the bowl season served as a fun opportunity, both in playing the game and in the festivities up to it. He had the chance to room with teammates he hadn’t roomed with before, and he was even christened to play Santa Claus in the Nittany Lions’ locker room. The tradition typically saw the honor go to a senior, but Adams was chosen as Santa right away as a freshman.

Back home, Adams is busy with four children of his own. His son, Anthony Adams III, is a sophomore at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire and a defensive end on the school’s football team. He played on varsity in just his second year in high school, making all-conference and tallying 46 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 7 tackles for a loss as a defensive end. Spice mentions that it has been fun watching his son play football.

“I’m like, ‘Hey, man, I’m here to help you. I’ve been a student athlete before, and I can show you the ropes. I can show you what you need to do. I can show you how hard you need to work,’ and things like that. ’m excited for his future. He’s only 15, and like I said, he has two more years left, and we got to make the most of it, man. We’re out here having fun, and like I said, I think football is one of the greatest sports in the world. We’re having fun, and I’m living vicariously through him, but I also have to watch myself too, because he’s not me.”

Adams also remains active within the Bears community, filming exclusive digital content for the team’s social media pages and in-game entertainment. He also contributes as an analyst on FOX’s Inside The Bears. His massive social media outreach, which includes over 2 million followers on Instagram and over 225,000 followers on Twitter (X), sees him serve as a big name in both the Chicago sports and general social media communities.

Having watched the Bears from a fan’s point of view, Adams believes that general manager Ryan Poles should do whatever it takes to stack up the team’s roster, no matter who’s at quarterback.

“I would say just get some guys there that are ballers,” Adams said as advice to Poles. “Just get stacked with so much talent, whether that’s through the draft and free agency. Get some good free agent acquisitions, and let the chips fall where they may. Just get talent after talent; get some bonafide ballers. If you’re going to keep Justin Fields, then surround him with some bonafide ballers. If not, then get somebody here that has just an immense amount of talent.

“We’re like the Chicago Cubs of football right now. It’s been too long. 2018 was a year where everybody was excited, and they thought we were going build on that, and then it just stalled, so let’s go, man. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”