On Tuesday afternoon, Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were among those that joined past and current Chicago athletes at a liquor store on the West Side.
Alongside the likes of Ryan Pace, Mitch Trubisky, Charles Leno, Jonathan Toews, Malcom Subban, Lucas Giolito, and more, the group took part in a ceremonial demolition of a liquor store in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. The event was put on by former Bears player Sam Acho and co-produced with the 'By The Hand' organization, and was meant to bring attention to the ongoing food desert crisis in that area of the city. The neighborhood as 17 liquor stores but only two groceries within a half-mile radius.
The group raised $500,000 to purchase the liquor store, which they'll be converting into a grocery store in the near future.
"The cool thing about having Roger here, the mayor here, the superintendent of the Chicago police here and having over 12 athletes from different Chicago sports teams and other athletes who are just from Chicago who are on different teams in the NFL, MLB, etc. is that people care," Acho said in a statement. "It's time for people to show up. I think our world has changed. So for use to be able to come together to lead that change, I think it means something."
On Monday morning, Bears' safety Eddie Jackson went on Good Morning Football and single-handedly blew up every single identical roster projection that are appearing on the internet these days:
There's even a tiny bit of precedent here! Jackson played receiver in high school, and has actually already appeared on that side of the ball for the Bears a few times back in 2018. He's also very clearly one of the team's best playmakers. Defensive players getting offensive snaps has all the exhilaration of position players pitching, without any of the unspoken condescension. He also scores like, 75% of the time he touches the ball (honestly, it's more fun for you if you don't bother fact checking this) and after 2019's offensive performance, beggars can't be choosers. Let Eddie Jackson play offense. Let Akiem Hicks play offense. Let Khalil Mack punt the ball if Khalil Mack wants to punt the ball. It's fun and it makes things exciting and positions are stupid.
For what it's worth, it already sounds like Jackson and Nagy are on the same page about all of this:
Who's against this idea? Seriously. Remember 2018? Santa's Sleigh! Oompa Loompa! Chumbawamba! We could have that again. We could have it all.
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JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis discuss the Bears rookies, provide updates on Roquan Smith and discuss the changes to the Under Center Podcast.
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