The Bears promoted from within on Friday, naming Chris Hanks to the post of head athletic trainer and Bobby Slater to assistant head trainerdirector of rehabilitation.
The moves follow long-time trainer Tim Bream leaving earlier this offseason for Penn State.
Hanks is entering his 13th season with the team after joining the Bears as an assistant athletic trainer in 2000.
Prior to his time in Chicago, Hanks spent 11 years at the University of Richmond, including his final three and a half years (January 1997 June 2000) as head athletic trainer. Hanks received a Bachelor of Sciences degree from Ohio University and a Master of Sports Management degree from Richmond.
Slater will be entering his 14th season with the Bears after arriving in Chicago in 1999 as an assistant athletic trainer. He was promoted to director of rehabilitation in 2002. Slater first worked with the Bears as a training camp intern in 1994, then served in the same capacity with the Miami Dolphins in 1995 and again with Chicago in 1998.
Prior to his time in Chicago, Slater was a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 1997-99 at Mississippi State University. He was also an athletic trainer at Lee Memorial Hospital (1997) and A. Kagan Orthopedics in Ft. Myers, Florida (1995-97). Slater received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College and a Master of Science degree from Mississippi State.
After a week off the air, “Very Cavallari” was back with a new episode, which meant more Jay Cutler in retirement.
This week we were treated to Cutler being as sarcastic as ever and sulking about having nothing to do. Cutler’s first scene involved him and his wife, Kristin Cavallari, talking about their relationship and spending time with each other. Cavallari is going to do another pop-up shop for her fashion store, which means more travel. Jay, your thoughts?
“Oh, great,” Cutler said with his trademark sarcasm.
Later in the conversation we get a bleak look into Jay Cutler post-football.
“I just hang out and clean up,” Cutler said.
Sounds like he may want to hit up the announcing gig he had lined up before coming out of retirement and heading to the Dolphins for the 2017 season.
Next, we got Cutler shopping for birthday presents for their 3-year-old daughter. If nothing else, this was amusing to see Cutler shopping for gifts for little girls.
Watch the video above to see all of the best of Cutty, which also features him designing jewelry for some reason.
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ series win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field, which capped off with yet another David Bote walk-off and a surprising performance from Tyler Chatwood. They also break down where this Cubs team is at as they get set to welcome the high-powered Dodgers offense into Chicago later in the week.
:30 – The Kelly Effect
1:00 – David Bote’s wild ride
2:00 – El Mago’s magic pays off for Cubs yet again
3:30 – Bote’s adjustments
6:40 – Chatwood’s big day
8:50 – What’s next for Chatwood?
10:10 – Lester’s return is right around the corner
11:30 – Cubs pitching firing on all cylinders
12:00 – Did Kap jinx Strop?
13:30 – Dodgers pose a big challenge for Cubs pitching staff
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below: