Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Posted: 9:43 a.m.
By John Mullin
Well, at last some movement in the labor impasse between owners and players...
Robbie Gould, player rep for the group formerly known as the NFLPA, made a cameo appearance to Halas Hall early Monday morning, perhaps to celebrate Judge Susan Nelsons ruling in Minneapolis granting an injunction to end the owners lockout. Robbie has been an outspoken advocate for his fellow players and tweeted Lockout lifted locker room and weight room closed.
But if there is still some acrimony big-picture, it wasnt hostile among Bears family members.
I was basically told they were waiting for clarification on Judge Nelsons decision, Robbie said. I was allowed to walk through the building but the locker room was locked.
Everyone was nice. Everyone was cordial. It was just that you werent allowed to work out.
Izzy Idonije also put in an appearance, although he also left after a short stay. The Bears present their veteran and rookie winners of the prestigious Brian Piccolo Award on Tuesday, with tackle JMarcus Webb expected to be the rookie winner and Idonije, a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and winner of the March of Dimes Chicago Bear of the Year awards, taking the veteran award.
John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.
The NFL 100 All-Time Team just got a serious influx of speed and athleticism. Former Bears' legend and arguably the greatest special teams player of all time, Devin Hester, was named to the squad on Friday.
Hester played with the Bears from 2006 to 2013, racking up an incredible 31 return touchdowns (18 on kick returns, 13 on punt returns). Over his 11 season career, Hester collected a total of 11,028 return yards between kick and punt returns. Hester made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams over his career.
The 2006 No. 57 overall pick out of Miami (FL) dazzled from the start of his NFL career, collecting 1,128 combined punt/kick return yards and 5 touchdowns.
But just as impressive as his overall effectiveness, was his penchant for rising to the moment. Hester's clutch moments included an 80+ yard punt return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the infamous, "They are who we thought they were game".
And, of course, all NFL fans remember how Hester became the first player in NFL history to take the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl back to the house for a touchdown.
Hester was a shoo-in to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team, as he is the NFL's all-time leader in kick and punt return touchdowns but even, so his game was about so much more than just the numbers.
Devin Hester's unparalleled combination of speed and creativity in the open field delighted NFL fans in a way that perhaps no other player in history did or ever will.
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