Bears TE Cole Kmet proved himself NFL-ready in 2019 Notre Dame-Georgia game

Bears TE Cole Kmet proved himself NFL-ready in 2019 Notre Dame-Georgia game

New Bears tight end Cole Kmet’s 2019 season at Notre Dame got off to a rough start after the then-junior broke his collarbone in fall training camp. Kmet missed the first two games of the year, both Irish wins, and made his debut in one of the most anticipated games of the year - a September showdown that pitted the #7 Fighting Irish against the #3 Georgia Bulldogs in Athens. 

Former ND offensive coordinator Chip Long, who parted ways with Brian Kelly’s staff after the season, had high praise for his former tight end on the most recent episode of the Under Center podcast, and recalled how Kmet was able to overcome injuries throughout his career in South Bend. “He’s a mutant... the year before, he had a horrific high ankle sprain that easily takes people a month (to recover from), and he’s back in 2 weeks. It’s the most amazing thing.”

Being able to play through pain is an important trait for any NFL player, and what Kmet did that September night against the Irish’s toughest competition all season likely raised eyebrows amongst the NFL scouting community. Despite not being 100%, Kmet carved up the Bulldogs defense for 9 catches, 108 yards, and a touchdown to lead all receivers in the 23-17 Georgia win.

“It shows his mental toughness,” explains former Notre Dame wide receiver and current NBC Sports contributor Corey Robinson. “When you’re in a situation like that, ‘I can’t feel my leg and I gotta go up against a top-5 Georgia team,’ that’s when the real athletes come to the forefront. There are guys who could tap out, there are guys who could let it get to their head. You’re a big-time recruit because you play in big-time moments when the lights come on, regardless of what happened. What you saw there with Cole, he’s ready to play, he’s a professional about it.”

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Obviously, a player doesn’t get selected in the top 50 picks of the NFL Draft based on one game alone, but one game can certainly set a tone, and make an impression that scouts and GMs remember when they’re on the clock months later. 

“I thought he was a man amongst boys, and I know a lot of the coaches on Georgia’s team, they were just like, ‘we couldn’t tackle him,’” said Long. “I think that game right there really set him apart from a lot of guys, and made him the number one tight end in the draft.”

Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

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Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same! 

That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."

The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it  just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels. 

Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek. 

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history


12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.

While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926. 

The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.

Alas, there were better days ahead.

Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field:

12 greatest Bears wins in Soldier Field history