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CSN to air new edition of its Chicago Bears program that looks at the off-the-field lives of players

CSN to air new edition of its Chicago Bears program that looks at the off-the-field lives of players

Next episode of “Bears Life presented by Xfinity,” featuring a look into the private life of Bears safety RYAN MUNDY, premieres Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 PM CT 

Chicago, IL (August 5, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bears, will provide viewers with a new episode of its half-hour, documentary-style program entitled Bears Life presented by Xfinity, which takes viewers inside the private lives of some of the Bears most beloved players. 

The next edition of Bears Life will make its Comcast SportsNet debut on Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 PM CT (or immediately following “Cubs Postgame Live”), featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the personal life of Bears safety RYAN MUNDY.  Mundy, who is now entering his eighth NFL season, second with the Bears, has never missed a game in his standout career.

CSN recently spent an entire day following and interviewing Mundy at Wrigley Field, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Cubs-Reds game on June 14, along his moment in the spotlight singing the 7th inning stretch. CSN also gained exclusive access to capture Mundy’s behind-the-scenes life at home, where he is a proud husband and father to two young daughters.  Among the topics of discussion include how the team struggles of last season have fueled him for a career year in 2015, why he feels such a strong connection to the city of Chicago, along with his preparation for life after football as he has already participated in graduate programs at Notre Dame and, more recently, the University of Miami.

Viewers are also urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional Bears Life content never before seen on TV.  Plus, fans will also be able to watch Bears Life online after its on-air debut.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Bears Life presented by Xfinity, featuring Ryan Mundy, on the following dates/times: Sun, Aug. 9 at 10:00 PM (on CSN+HD) - Mon, Aug. 17 at 4:30 PM - Tue, Aug. 18 at 8:00 PM - Fri, Aug. 21 at 7:30 PM - Sun, Aug. 23 at 4:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Thu, Aug. 27 at 1:00 PM - Sat, Aug. 29 at 3:30 PM (on CSN+HD) & Sun, Aug. 30 at 5:00 PM. (Schedule subject to change) 

Note the following quotes from the next edition of Bears Life presented by Xfinity, premiering Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

MUNDY on the disappointing 2014 Bears season:

“This is a bold statement, but I believe it to be true. Last year was probably my worst cumulative experience in a football season ever. I’ve been playing football since 1992, so that’s a long time. There was so much going on and there was so much that went wrong.  I had a great season individually, but it didn’t matter because there was always something going on with our team. We could never just be on the same page. Whether it was offense, whether it was defense giving up 100 points in two games, or offense when we couldn’t score more than 28 points in any game…it was just bad…it was always something. Thankfully, that’s over. We got some good people in the building and I’m really looking forward to that. I’m a big believer in environment and energy and I felt like the environment just wasn’t good last year.”

MUNDY on why he loves Chicago:

“I have a strong connection to the city of Chicago because it reminds me of my hometown of Pittsburgh. They are very similar cities. Blue collar, great people, they care about their teams, family-oriented cities and just hard working cities with a lot of tradition and history. I think that’s really why I embrace the city of Chicago and why I really like it here and I’m going to make it my home.”

MUNDY on life after football:

“One of the first things someone said to me was that the NFL stood for ‘Not For Long.’ Fortunately, I’m going into my eighth year and I’ve had a great career and some great experiences. At some point, the game does come to an end whether I play eight years, nine years, ten years, or an undrafted rookie comes in and plays only one season or somewhere in between. Eventually you’re going to have to stop playing football and move on with life. My plan was to play ten years and that’s only three seasons from now and I’ll only be 32 years old. I looked at it like, ‘What am I going to do with the rest of my life at age 32?...I accomplished my life goal at the age of 22, what’s my next challenge?...How do I take things that I’ve learned from football and the values and characteristics that I’ve built up in this game and make them applicable in the next aspect of my life?’ That’s what really excites me.”

NOTE: New episodes of Bears Life presented by Xfinity will be announced at a later date.

Kendall Gill named to Illini Athletics Hall of Fame

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Kendall Gill named to Illini Athletics Hall of Fame

Kendall Gill can add another bullet point to his resume.

NBC Sports Chicago's Bulls analyst was announced as a member of the University of Illinois' Athletics Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018. Gill enters in the same class as his coach at Illinois, Lou Henson, and former Bulls broadcaster Johnny "Red" Kerr.

Gill was a part of Illinois' 1989 Final Four team and earned consensus Second-Team All-America honors the following year as a senior when he led the Big Ten in scoring (20 points per game). He is third in program history in steals with 218.

He went on to have a 15-year NBA career, which included a stint with the Bulls.

Last year was the inaugural class for Illinois' hall of fame.

Recruiting news and notes: Lincoln-Way East's AJ Henning piling up major offers

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Recruiting news and notes: Lincoln-Way East's AJ Henning piling up major offers

Lincoln-Way East sophomore athlete recruit AJ Henning (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) continues to pile up the major Power 5 scholarship offers this winter including his latest from Stanford on Wednesday.

"Stanford offered me a scholarship today (Wednesday)," Henning said. "I have thirteen scholarship offers so far and it's pretty amazing to have opportunities from such great schools and football programs."

Henning, who was a key performer in leading the Griffins to the 2017 Class 8A state championship run has been taking all of the recruiting attention and offers in stride.

"My family and I talk about recruiting a little bit but it's not really that pressing for me," he said. "I still have two years left of high school so I'm really not in any rush."

Henning, who plans to visit Notre Dame on March 3 is now holding early scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Miami of Ohio, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Syracuse and Western Michigan.

Oswego East junior defensive back recruit Justin Clark (6-foot, 180 pounds) has also seen a nice spike in his overall recruiting stock this winter. Clark has been able to add six scholarship offers along with recruiting attention from several Big Ten programs.

"I have offers now from NIU, Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio, Iowa State, Toledo and Ohio University," according to Clark. "I've also been staying in touch with Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa and Purdue. Northwestern is waiting on my test score and they seem pretty interested. Iowa, Purdue and Minnesota all want me to come out and visit them on campus and the same goes for all the schools who have offered me."

Clark, who played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety, cornerback as well as return kicks and punts and also punted for Oswego East being recruiting to play at what position in college so far?

"So far the majority of schools are recruiting me to play safety," Clark said. "I'm very open when it comes to position and I also love to return kicks and punts. I just like to be as versatile of a player as I can for my team."

Batavia junior linebacker Michael Jansey Jr. (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has continued to remain on several college recruiting radar screens this winter and Jansey Jr. has also seen his offers list grow.

"It seems like my recruiting is all starting to come together really well," Jansey Jr. said. "My latest offers from from Miami of Ohio, Kent State, Eastern Kentucky, Cornell and Wyoming."

Jansey Jr, has also remained in steady contact with several Big Ten schools this winter.

"I'm also in touch with Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska," he said. "Also some of the SEC schools are starting to follow me on Twitter. It's just pretty exciting and my recruiting is really starting to all coming together."

Jansey Jr. has early scholarship offers now from Central Michigan, Ball State, Toledo, Illinois State, Iowa State, Western Michigan, Princeton, Cornell, Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Wyoming, Illinois State and Eastern Kentucky.

One of the better stories in the Class of 2019 in Chicagoland has to be Jacobs junior offensive tackle Joacheim Price (6-foot-8, 310 pounds). Price, who has been a mainstay on the Golden Eagles basketball team since his freshman year had never played football until last June. Price is now holding early offers from the likes of Illinois, West Virginia, Iowa State and Northern Illinois this winter. 

"The first time in summer football workouts I didn't know how to get into a stance," Price said. "I had to stay over after every practice that summer just to work on getting into a stance. I also had to learn all of the plays and also learn technique. I just hung in there and kept working and started to gain more and more confidence."