Monday, Sept. 12, 2011Posted: 1:43 p.m.
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How often does a player feel he has to apologize after scoring a touchdown?
Tight end Matt Spaeth tendered an apology to his teammates after his one-yard TD in the third quarter. Not so much for the play as for what he did afterwards.
Spaeth caught the pass and sprinted immediately over to a a group of fans seated in the north end zone, not coincidentally all wearing No. 89 Spaeth Bears jerseys consisting of his mom, aunts and girlfriend. He presented the ball to his aunt but wished hed taken care of team business first.
I felt really bad afterward because I was thinking, I just scored a touchdown and I have these guys to thank, blocking for me, and Jay (Cutler) throwing, and I didnt celebrate with them, Spaeth said. I apologized to them and they understood. It was a unique thing, being able to score a touchdown and have your family there.
Spaeth did get the ball back and turn it over to head equipment manager Tony Medlin, who traditionally takes memorable footballs and paints them with the pertinent details of the game as a memento for players.
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Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson was one of three players from the team that participated in the 2020 Pro Bowl. He joined secondary-mate Kyle Fuller and special-teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson on the NFC squad, which came up short against the AFC, 38-33.
Jackson's performance in the 2019 regular season wasn't on the elite level he produced in 2018, but he was still among the conference's top third-level defenders. He was rewarded as such this offseason when GM Ryan Pace inked him to a four-year, $58 million extension, one that made him the highest-paid safety in NFL history.
Jackson started all 16 games last year and finished with 60 tackles and two interceptions.
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Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is entering the most important offseason of his NFL career. Naturally, he needs to be 100% healthy in order to hold off competition that's expected to be added by GM Ryan Pace via free agency or the NFL draft.
In order to get there, Trubisky underwent offseason surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Trubisky was originally injured in Week 4's win over the Vikings.
The good news is the surgery was on his non-throwing shoulder. And while it'll be a few months before he's back to full strength, it's not nearly as severe as it would've been had it been his right side.
Trubisky's 2019 regular season was defined by regression. He took a step back in every major category, including completion percentage, yards and touchdowns. He didn't run nearly as much either, as his rushing totals dipped from 421 yards in 2018 to just 193 last year.
The Bears are one of the first teams connected to almost every big-name free-agent quarterback likely to hit the open market, and they've also been mentioned as a club that could potentially trade back into the first round if a quality quarterback prospect begins to slip in the 2020 NFL draft. Needless to say, the pressure's on No. 10.
We haven't seen enough from a healthy Trubisky to consider him a starting-quality player at this point, so a less-than-full-strength version of the 2017 second overall pick would've all but doomed his chances at holding onto the starting job this summer.