The 1975 draft that brought the Bears Walter Payton also brought them a defensive end, Mike Hartenstine, from Penn State. The rookie was struggling a bit, but there was a veteran more than willing to help.
Buffone would retire in 1979. But before that, “Douggie taught me so much,” Hartenstine told CSNChicago.com. “I would hear him on the radio sometimes, saying that I helped him stay on (in the NFL).
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“But he really helped me. I was pretty good at ‘two-gapping’ (as a defensive lineman) and keeping guys off Doug, and he knew where I would be going where I had to go. I think we didn’t give up two yards a run to our side; more like 1.6 yards or something like that.”
But “Douggie” put a hit on more than the opponent.
“I remember that he knocked me out in the Astrodome against Houston,” Hartenstine recalled. “He was swinging around the quarterback and kicked me in the head. I was out. I was knocked out only twice in my career, and that was a pretty good one.”
The loss of Roquan Smith to injured reserve on Monday (torn pec) created an obvious need for the Bears at linebacker on the depth chart.
Fellow starter Danny Trevathan will likely miss Sunday's game against the Packers as he continues to rehab his elbow injury, which leaves little depth behind Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis, the reserves-turned-starters in Week 15.
As a result, Chicago signed journeyman linebacker Devante Bond on Monday.
Bond, 26, was selected by the Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft after a strong career at Oklahoma and has six starts on his resume over the last three years. He was released by Tampa Bay on October 19 after being suspended by the NFL for four weeks for violating the league's PED policy.
Bond will slide into a reserve role for the Bears.
Bears wide receiver has had his best stretch of the season recently, collecting at least 5 receptions and a touchdown in each of his last three games. But Robinson is taking the cake as perhaps the Bears MVP off the field too, as his "Within Reach Foundation" just accomplished an awesome goal in providing quite a great experience for a group of underprivileged youths.
Robinson's Within Reach Foundation hosted 25 kids from the Chicago Youth Center and gave the kids an excellent experience that started with an early Christmas shopping spree for each kid. Also as a part of the event, each child received football with Robinson's autograph on it and a $150 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods.
"A lot of kids don't have things under the Christmas tree... being able to do this for kids is fun," stated Robinson.
The ultimate goal of Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to positively impact at least 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through their various outreach programs.
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