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10 questions with Pat O'Donnell, Chicago Bears punter

10 questions with Pat O'Donnell, Chicago Bears punter

We're asking your favorite Chicago athletes 10 questions that everyone wants to know during the stay at home order. First up, was Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel sitting down with our own Chuck Garfien.

And Laurence Holmes sat down with Bears punter Pat O'Donnell in the next installment.

Laurence Holmes: Who are you hunkered down with?

Pat O'Donnell: So I’m currently hunkered down with my new wife. We got married February 29th and it’s just me and her. She’s working remotely from home too so she’s doing the whole Zoom thing like the whole world is right now. You know, they say that nothing changes when you get married but boom… pandemic happens. So if we can get through this, we can get through anything right?

LH: Absolutely, there’s no doubt about that. If you had to be locked inside with one teammate, which teammate would it be and why?

PO: That’s a good question. You know, I would have to say… I would go with Tarik Cohen. I think that he uh… (laughs) He would show me how to get my Madden game up, NBA 2k. He’s making a lot of TikTok videos. I think we have a lot to work with there.

LH: Which teammate have you been keeping in touch with the most?

PO: I’m going to have to go with Eddy Pineiro. He’s like a little brother to me. He’s down in Miami so we’re checking in. I’m seeing how things are down there with the whole quarantine situation. But he’s kind of asking questions on what he should be doing right now working out wise, kicking. You know, it’s unchartered territory for us so he’s eager to get better. You can’t really do much down here with the fields and the gyms being closed so...We talk quite a bit.

LH: Well that was the next question. How are you staying in shape and getting ready for the season?

PO: So I actually built a home garage gym. I was doing that in February before this whole thing happened and my wife was like ‘Why are you building a garage gym? You’re leaving. You’re going back in April’ and who’s the smart guy now right? This guy. Yeah.

LH: Yeah, you seem… you seem like a smart guy. What’s your routine?”

PO: Yeah, so I’m trying to, you know, wake up like eight o’clock in the morning, try to get it in. You know, eat. Eat lunch. Kind of the same things that we’d be doing at the facility, you know, late April. But uh...I kind of have like this little turf area like behind my house that I’ve been just doing like drill work and things like that with but… there’s only so many things you can watch on Netflix and movies and things like that so… I try to get some fresh air when I can.

LH: Have you attempted to learn any new hobbies like picking up an instrument or second language or cooking?

PO: I mean besides trying to grow out this beard here… You know, I had inspiration from Tom Hanks on Castaway, um… I am starting a....(laughs)... a new tech startup in the fitness world. So I’ve been working on that pretty closely every day so… we’ll probably roll that out in, uh, May so I’ll get that going.

LH: What’s your most treasured career keepsake that you have at your home?

PO: Uh, you know, I’m going to have to go with uh...like behind me I got the jersey from the NFC North championship game and I got a ball from the net record that we broke this year so… Little things like that mean a lot to me, um, so I’ll have to say like one of those two things.

LH: Anything you have left at the office that you wish you would’ve brought with you?

PO: Now, I would have to say my iPad. You know, we have to return those, uh… so I would have to say my iPad. Watch a little film, do some work like that but um… There's probably a lot of time left for that, so I have to go with iPad.

LH:What’s your go-to quarantine meal?

PO: So, I’ve been grilling out a lot. I’ve been doing some chicken, you know, things like that. I’ve been doing some soups… you know, anything you got in the fridge just toss in the pot, right? Make a nice little stew...

LH: Yeah, especially, if you… if you just cut up the chicken that you’re making, throw it into a pot, you’re good to go for a while.

PO: Yeah. Get some broth, Get some veggies. Pandemic meal.

LH: What movies or classic tv games have you been watching?

PO: Ooof… I mean I had to check out the Tiger King. I finished that. Currently on All-American. If you haven’t seen that, I highly suggest that. Really good, uh, series on Netflix.

LH: Yeah, th-that’s been kind of the talk of Twitter and Instagram. Tiger King. Was it as crazy as people made it seem when they told you to watch it?

PO: It was out of control, honestly. I didn’t even see any of that coming. I didn’t even know you could have a tiger like that in some states, or legally at all. So (laughs)...yeah, it opened my eyes to a lot.

LH: Any favorite podcasts or social media follows during this time? Like someone that’s caught your eye or your ear.

PO: You know what, I’m a- I’m a big fan of Joe Rogan. He does a lot of stuff that’s, you know, up-to-date and current so I like listening to him. Um, I think it’s really cool what the singers and the artists are doing right now, you know, they do the group interviews and things like that. Some of them are holding like live concerts, so… You know, I like country. I like listening to Kane Brown, so he’s been doing a little bit of that with Jimmy Allen, so… You know, they get on their platforms and kind of share it to the world during, uh, difficult times like this. I think that’s really cool.”

LH: Last question… do you have any toilet paper to spare?

PO: (Laughs) I do have enough to spare, right?... I have enough to spare. Stop with these toilet paper challenges people keep tagging me in. They’re like ‘juggle the toilet paper as many times as you can’ so… I say stop the juggling and use it. You’re gonna need that.

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Chiefs reportedly give Patrick Mahomes a 10-year contract extension

Chiefs reportedly give Patrick Mahomes a 10-year contract extension

Patrick Mahomes is a rich man who's about to be a RICH man. 

Enter Adam Schefter: 

10 years. TEN YEARS. It's an unprecedented contract in the NFL, though there's probably a great argument to be made that Mahomes is an unprecedented NFL player. In three years since being drafted 10th overall, the 2018 league MVP has won a Super Bowl while going 24-7 and throwing for 9412 yards with 76 touchdowns. 

RELATED: What would re-drafting the 2017 NFL Draft look like?

He was also, you may remember, available to Bears' GM Ryan Pace when the Bears had the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead, Pace took Mitch Trubisky, who will enter the final year of his rookie contract as one of a few infamous first-round quarterbacks not to have their 5th-year option picked up. Look, I'm sorry, I'm required to mention this part. I don't like it either. 

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Under Center Podcast: Adam Amin on announcing for Chicago

New play-by-play voice for the Chicago Bulls Adam Amin joins Laurence Holmes and JJ Stankevitz to discuss his dual roles going forward for the Bulls and football voice for the Bears. They dive into what will become of the 2020 Bears and Amin's love of the classic game, Tecmo Bowl.

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(13:28) - Fans are stuck on who the Bears will be in 2020


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