Mike Ditka would be proud of his former center.
Jerry Fontenot succeeded Jay Hilgenberg at center for the Bears in Ditkas final year. Fontenot eventually went on to the New Orleans Saints and then to the Green Bay Packers as a coach, first as an assistant offensive line coach, then running backs coach and now tight ends mentor.
So you cant blame him for being a little conflicted at which team he would play for in the Bears-Packers Rivalry Cup charity golf event being played today at Medinah Country Club in advance of the Ryder Cup.
Very tough call, but its got to be the Packers now, Fontenot said, laughing. Hopefully Coachll still talk to me.
Not much worry there about Ditka, who once famously declared, the past is for cowards and losers.
Fontenot will be part of a Packers contingent facing off against a group of Bears in four-ball and singles matches. The Bears group will include a heavy special-teams flavor, with kicker Robbie Gould, long snapper Pat Mannelly and punter Adam Podlesh, along with Ditka and Richard Dent.
Other Packers will include fullback Jon Kuhn and special-teamer Ryan Taylor, kicker Mason Crosby and punter Tim Masthay, plus former quarterbacks Lynn Dickey and Randy Wright and receiver Bill Schroeder.
Its not the first time that members from the football rivalry have gotten together to do some impressive good.
Ditka and former Green Bay guard Jerry Kramer spearheaded the formation of Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, a non-profit NFL football charity providing medical and financial assistance to pioneers of the game who are in dire need.
High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.
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DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football
VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg
WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin
FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES
(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0
(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13
(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0
(4) Marist 24, Benet 7
(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0
(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41
(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6
(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6
(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15
(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6
(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0
(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20
(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0
(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7
(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6
(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6
Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17
(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12
(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7
Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11
Payton 43, Kenwood 42
Coal City 43, Lisle 14
Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12
Perspectives 32, Solorio 16
SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES
Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel
(8) Simeon vs. Curie
Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.
0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.
11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?
23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.
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