All aboard the Manziel express

Wanda Wiedman,
OTFB Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman / @WandaW63

It was bound to happen that Jonny Football would somehow end up in the Alliance of American Football.  The news of former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Johnny Manziel being released by the Montreal Alouettes and his subsequent barring from the CFL sent the sports world a flutter. There was an immediate reaction on Twitter of fans not wanting Manziel in the AAF because of his reputation of not taking the beloved sport seriously.

Manziel clearly left the CFL with the door hitting him on the way out. Whatever was the cause of his barring, it seemed that his respect of the Canadian league’s contractual requirements did not line up with his. According to Benjamin Allbright, Manziel didn’t report for mandatory counseling.

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Meet Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Finalist, Trey Burton

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Since 1970, the Man of the Year award was given to players who went over and beyond in outstanding community service on and off the field, and still perform with extreme excellence on the field. It was renamed after the Chicago Bears greatest running back of all-time in 1999.

Alongside Payton, who won his award in 1977, is Dave Duerson (1987), Mike Singletary (1990), Jim Flanigan (2000), and Charles Tillman (2013). Former Bears Julius Peppers (Panthers) and Robbie Gould (49ers) are also finalists for their prospective causes.

This year, the Chicago Bears have chosen tight end Trey Burton as their nominee.

I want to address the work that Burton has been pouring his heart and soul into, and that is the International Justice Mission. This organization aims at eliminating slave trade.

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Enough About Roquan Smith

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Not every college athlete gets the honor and privilege to hear their name called on Draft Day. But a young man from Macon County Georgia did on April 26th, 2018. He was picked by the Chicago Bears to be the next linebacker to soar like the franchise Hall of Fame greats in Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Brian Urlacher.

With the 8th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bears selected Roquan Smith from the University of Georgia. The cheers from fans everywhere were deafening and the dream of the return of the Monsters of the Midway was just within their reach.

Dream on Bears fans…

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The rise of the Monsters of The Midway starts with Smith

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

All the questions and panic are over. The Chicago Bears made it very clear last night that the rise of the Monsters of the Midway starts with inside linebacker Roquan Smith. As the eighth overall pick in the first round, Smith brings an incredible burst off the seam that reminds me of one of the great Bears linebackers Mike Singletary. A little undersized for a linebacker, but his quickness and speed make up for it. It’s a perfect fit for the Bears.

Smith is fluid and explosive in space which makes him perfect in the Jack position as an inside linebacker. He was praised by Georgia head coach Kirby Smart as being a “tremendous leader”, which is what Singletary became on the Bears defense. Under the veteran leadership of Akiem Hicks, he will gain the respect and pride of his fellow teammates.

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Introducing The Mount Rushmore of Bears Middle Linebackers

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Etched on the side of a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a monument with the faces of four of our country’s most prolific presidents. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have seen this remarkable memorial, a testament to those who have taken part in building this country.

But in the city of Chicago, they finally have their own monument of middle linebackers that will be forever embodied in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The Chicago Bears have 27 players enshrined in the PFHOF and on August 3, 2018, the 28th member will be inducted; middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.

But in order to understand and embrace the romance and charisma these impact players made for Chicago, it would only be fitting to introduce the Mount Rushmore of Bears middle linebackers.

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