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Tracy Porter voted 2016 Bears 'Good Guy' by PFWA Chicago chapter

Tracy Porter voted 2016 Bears 'Good Guy' by PFWA Chicago chapter

He is a constant voice of reason and insight after and in between games, win or lose, and for that reason cornerback Tracy Porter has been voted as the winner of the fourth annual “Good Guy Award” by the Chicago Chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association of America.

Porter, who gets the entire corps of defensive backs together Thursday nights at his house to talk football and watch film together, “has been one of the Bears’ best players on the field and in dealings with the media,” said Dan Pompei, first vice president of the PFWA.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

“The Chicago writers appreciate that he is consistently available, and he treats his media responsibilities professionally.  In a season when it has not always been pleasant to face questions, Porter could be counted on for thoughtful answers. He should be a model for young players to follow.”

Previous winners

2013: Josh McCown

2014: Ryan Mundy

2015: Matt Slauson

Former Bear Tommie Harris shows vulnerable side in new music video

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Former Bear Tommie Harris shows vulnerable side in new music video

Tommie Harris is showing a more vulnerable side of himself to the world. Known for intimidating opposing quarterbacks as a defensive tackle for the Bears from 2004-2010, Harris opened up about a personal tragedy in a music video he uploaded on Monday.

Harris's song "Deflated" goes into the inner turmoil he suffered after his wife, Ashley, died in 2012. It's a poignant look into Harris's life after football and how he's used music to cope with his new reality.


Harris has even used his music to help others. According to NBC Nashville, Harris joined the Redemption Songs Project in 2018 to help jail inmates express themselves by writing songs of their own.

If you'd like to hear more of Harris's country music, he uploaded "Grand Canyon" last November.

Here's what the 2020 NFL draft TV broadcast could look like

Here's what the 2020 NFL draft TV broadcast could look like

The 2020 NFL draft will take place as scheduled on April 23-25 despite the nationwide social distancing campaign enacted to combat the outbreak of COVID-19. 

The NFL canceled the three-day party in Las Vegas and the league won't hold any public events to celebrate the players or the teams, but the show will go on in a much different way.

NBC Sports' Peter King outlined how this year's draft will likely be broadcast, which will be a familiar sight for anyone who's working from home or paying attention to how television has adapted to these challenging times:

If you’ve done Zoom video conferencing, or you’ve watched recent nightly newscasts, maybe you’ve seen eight or 10 people on the laptop screen or the TV all ready to be called on by a host. Imagine the same thing on draft night. The NFL will send out about 50 portable camera kits with microphones to top prospects and college coaches, with better-than-FaceTime quality, so NFL draft coverage will be able to bring in, say, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow from the family home outside Athens, Ohio, when/if he’s the first pick of the Bengals. Then Burrow will be able to do his media availability with the Cincinnati press, and whatever other one-on-ones he chooses to do.

It'll be a stark contrast to how the NFL draft is traditionally conducted. From the days of Radio City Music Hall in New York City to the traveling roadshow it's become in recent years, the league has done a remarkable job turning its biggest offseason event into arguably the biggest event in the sport aside from the Super Bowl.

Diehard fans of the draft will enjoy the broadcast regardless of whatever form it takes. Whether it's a red-carpet event or a zoom-style meeting, the teams will still pick their players and fans will celebrate (or loathe) the selections. The casual observer may not be as impressed, however. The emotions of draft day, especially when players realize their life-long dream by walking across the stage and bearhugging Goodell, will be lost. At least, there will be less of it.

Sure, watching prospects celebrate with their families in the comfort of their own home will be fun, but the cloud of what really matters -- the coronavirus and the devastation its causing across the globe -- will be unavoidable. The setting of this year's draft will be a constant reminder of it, too.

But the show must go on (apparently). And if the NFL has proven anything over the years, it's that the league knows how to take advantage of every opportunity it has to captivate an audience. 

Maybe, just maybe, the best thing the draft has to offer fans this year is a much-needed distraction from the stress and anxiety of the real world. Don't bet against the NFL accomplishing that goal.