April Fools’ Day just started and the Bears couldn’t wait to get their jokes off.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the team’s plan for their 100th season, which will include some form of new alternate jersey, so the team decided to dangle a carrot on the stick on the only day it’s allowed — April 1st.
They released a video detailing their plans to make every jersey three digits for 2019.
It might be fun to see the Bears as the only team in the hundreds, but this is obviously their version of an April Fools’ joke.
George McCaskey, Mitchell Trubisky and equipment manager Tony Medlin were all in on the joke, with seemingly no comment from Ryan Pace or Matt Nagy.
The joke generated mixed reaction from fans on Twitter, some finding it funny while others rolled their eyes.
The Bears certainly went all out with a full video, article and photo gallery. At the very least, it’s strong dedication to the prank.
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace told reporters this week that he expected to get to the club's 80-main training camp roster limit this weekend, and while he's not quite there yet, he did give one of the team's running backs his pink slip on Sunday.
The Bears released undrafted rookie Napoleon Maxwell (Florida International). Meanwhile, Artavis Pierce (Oregon State) was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Maxwell's odds to make the team weren't great even in a traditional training camp setting. With the NFL and NFLPA's COVID-19 agreement mandating that teams be at an 80-man training camp roster by Aug. 16, those odds got much worse.
Pierce's activation qualifies as good news for the former Oregon State Beaver who's been pegged as a strong contender to make the roster despite his status as an undrafted free agent. The Bears lack depth at running back after David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen. Only Ryan Nall stands in Pierce's way for the RB3 role in 2020.
This is always a fun time of year for Bears fans, especially when it comes to the team's rookie class. It's the first chance we get to see them in action, as Bears, both on and off the field.
About that off-the-field stuff? Chicago's social media team shared a few first-looks at the team's rookie class donning their gameday threads as well as veteran tight end Jimmy Graham in his navy No. 80.
Check it out: