The Chicago Bears took the field last night with a vengeance at the 2007 Chicago Bears Family Fun Night! After not being back to Soldier Field since last year, seven months ago, when they won the NFC Conference game, arriving back last night brought back warm memories and feelings to the players and the fans. The night featured music, drinks, food, activities, a practice and scrimmage, as well as fireworks for the avid fans. The Bears sold out the event tickets, capping sales at a total of 40,000! The Bears' Marching Band gathered on the field to welcome back each of the players. Standing ovations and overwhelming applause was given to starters Brian Urlacher, Rex Grossman, Lance Briggs and Devin Hester. Runner-ups included Muhsin Muhammad, Peanut Tillman and Coach Lovie Smith. Fans were able to enjoy a two-hour practice and scrimmage. Moments such as Devin Hester returning a kick or Robbie Gould nailing a 50-yarder captured the crowd's attention, where they erupted into applause.
According to Devin Hester at ChicagoBears.com, "It's a great feeling. We couldn't do it without our fans. They come out each and every day and support us. The fans are the ones that motivate us the most." And as it should be. The fans are as Lovie Smith said: the 4th Phase. Without the fans, the team is lacking an integral part of the team.
The night ended with several interviews with Lovie Smith, Devin Hester and Bernard Berrian. Capping off the event was a spectacular fireworks show.
The Chicago Bears kick continue to practice at Olivet Nazarene University until the start of the season. To be up-to-date on the daily practices, check out the Training Camp blog at ChicagoBears.com/2007TrainingCamp_official.asp. The first preseason game begins this Saturday, August 11 at 7 p.m. The Bears will go up against the Houston Texans in Houston. For further dates, check out the Bears schedule at ChicagoBears.com/team/schedule.html. Download the schedule to your Outlook calendar for quick access to the team game dates or print off a pocket size one! Check out the pictures from the 2007 Bears Family Fun Night! Then check out special highlights from the Bears' run to the Super Bowl in my July 25 post!
Monday, August 6, 2007
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