Monday, Sept. 12, 2011Posted: 1:43 p.m.
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How often does a player feel he has to apologize after scoring a touchdown?
Tight end Matt Spaeth tendered an apology to his teammates after his one-yard TD in the third quarter. Not so much for the play as for what he did afterwards.
Spaeth caught the pass and sprinted immediately over to a a group of fans seated in the north end zone, not coincidentally all wearing No. 89 Spaeth Bears jerseys consisting of his mom, aunts and girlfriend. He presented the ball to his aunt but wished hed taken care of team business first.
I felt really bad afterward because I was thinking, I just scored a touchdown and I have these guys to thank, blocking for me, and Jay (Cutler) throwing, and I didnt celebrate with them, Spaeth said. I apologized to them and they understood. It was a unique thing, being able to score a touchdown and have your family there.
Spaeth did get the ball back and turn it over to head equipment manager Tony Medlin, who traditionally takes memorable footballs and paints them with the pertinent details of the game as a memento for players.
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Roquan Smith was still giddy over being drafted by the Bears when he dialed into a teleconference with the media at Halas Hall Thursday night.
“I’m beyond excited, I can’t put it into words how excited I am about this opportunity to be a Chicago Bear,” Smith said. “It’s insane and I’m ready to give the city of Chicago everything I have in me.”
Smith already spoke like a future team leader — a role he ably filled as a junior during Georgia’s run to the College Football Playoff title game — and like a player who can make the rest of the Bears’ defense better.
“What they can expect from me when I arrive is a relentless guy on the field and off the field,” Smith said, “(and) going about my business the right way and going to do whatever it takes to put the Bears in the best possible situation every time I step on to the field.”
Smith said he enjoyed his pre-draft visit to Halas Hall (he even mentioned the ongoing renovations to the facility) and is looking forward to playing with Leonard Floyd again, his teammate at Georgia in 2015. And for a guy who’s spent his entire life in Georgia, he already knows plenty about the Bears’ historic success at his position.
“It’s a great franchise,” Smith said. “It has a lot of rich tradition especially on defense from way back with Dick Butkus and then you have Mike Singletary, Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, all those type guys, so it’s insane and I’m excited.”
The Bears took Roquan Smith at No. 8 in the NFL Draft so JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin discussed how Roquan Smith fits in Vic Fangio’s defense and why this felt like a solid, sensible pick by Ryan Pace.
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