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CSN to air new edition of Bears program that looks at players lives off the field

CSN to air new edition of Bears program that looks at players lives off the field

Next episode of “Bears Life presented by Xfinity,” featuring a look into the private life of veteran Bears kicker ROBBIE GOULD, premieres Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 PM CT 

Chicago, IL (July 13, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bears, will provide viewers with a new episode of its half-hour, documentary-style program entitled Bears Life presented by Xfinity, which takes viewers inside the private lives of some of the Bears most beloved players. 

The next edition of Bears Life will make its Comcast SportsNet debut on Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 PM CT, featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the personal life of Bears kicker ROBBIE GOULD, who is now just 36 points away from becoming the historic franchise’s all-time leading scorer. 

CSN gained exclusive access to capture Gould’s behind-the-scenes, dedicated efforts at his foundation’s annual golf outing for The Goulden Touch (gouldentouch.org), which has been instrumental in partnering with several Chicago-area charities to help raise funds and awareness in a number of key life initiatives, including education, social services, health and wellness, and medical research.  Among the interview topics Gould addresses include his life as a Chicago Bear (where he currently sits at the spot of being the third most-accurate kicker in NFL history), breaking legendary kicker Kevin Butler’s 23-year scoring record, his life as a father, along with his passion for sport of golf, which he hopes to parlay into a broadcasting career as an on-course analyst after his NFL career comes to an end.

In addition to Gould, Bears Life will feature interviews with a number of key individuals in Gould’s life, including Mark Rolfing (NBC/Golf Channel analyst), Patrick Mannelly (former Bears teammate), Pat O’Donnell (Bears punter), Chris Collins (Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach), Jaren Allen (Bears defensive end), Joe Carter (former MLB standout/five-time All-Star), Kevin Butler (former Bears kicker/Super Bowl XX champion), and Grant Fuhr (five-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender) among others.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional Bears Life content never before seen on TV.  Plus, fans will also be able to watch Bears Life online after its on-air debut.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Bears Life presented by Xfinity, featuring Robbie Gould, on the following dates/times: Sat, July 18 at 8:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Sun, July 19 at 4:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Fri, July 24 at 5:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Sun, July 26 at 3:30 PM - Sun, Aug. 9 at 12:00 PM - Fri, Aug. 21 at 8:00 PM & Sun, Aug. 23 at 2:00 PM. (Schedule subject to change) 

Note the following quotes from the next edition of Bears Life presented by Xfinity, premiering Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

GOULD on entering his 11th NFL season:

“The fact that this is going to be 11 seasons for me is unbelievable. To go through a Super Bowl, to be at a Pro Bowl, to go through some seasons that weren’t so great, some that were on the cusp of being good…all life lessons, all learning lessons, all things that for me I will have stories to tell for years. If you told me I was going to play for 11 years, I would’ve told you that you were crazy.“

“To have the ability to play in one city for this long is pretty special. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart. This is where my family is going to be raised. For me, it’s pretty special to be in one place.”

GOULD on Kevin Butler and being just 36 points from breaking the team scoring record:

“To have Kevin Butler here and to be able to listen to his stories and how he kicked at Soldier Field and talk about the record that he’s held for, I don’t want to date him at all, but think about it. In ’85, he had the rookie scoring record. He kicked 243 field goals. It’s pretty special to have him around and I’m looking forward to sharing that moment with him.”

BUTLER on Gould breaking his scoring record:

“Chicago Bears, that’s what we’re about. Honestly, to do what he’s done and to do it at the level he’s done, it’s just incredible. I’ve enjoyed watching him. I know how hard it is, that’s why I have a great appreciation for it. Anytime that you can witness somebody break a record that you were able to set, it’s a triumph for the whole organization, it’s an individual triumph for Robbie. He should be very proud of it and I know he is. It doesn’t come easy.“

MANNELLY on Gould’s work ethic:

“To watch him become as good as he is and then how hard he works to be that good, well, it made me work harder.“

ROLFING’s on Gould’s promising future as a golf analyst:

“When his kicking days are done, I don’t see him going back on a football field again because he’s a natural. When I’m sitting up there, I’ll get texts from him. I mean he’s got the analysis down. He can sit at home and he knows exactly what’s going on at Chambers Bay and what’s going on out there. He’s got a great eye and people obviously really like him.“

NOTE: New episodes of Bears Life presented by Xfinity will be announced at a later date.   

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start by new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

The Bears concluded their second round of OTAs on Thursday with the third and final set of voluntary sessions scheduled for May 29-June 1. Coach Matt Nagy is bringing a new and complicated system to Chicago, so the time spent on the practice field with the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been invaluable.

"We’ve thrown a lot at Mitch in the last 2 ½ months,” Nagy told Dog Days Sports’ Danny Kanell and Steve Torre on Friday. “He’s digested it really well.”

Nagy’s implementing the same system he operated with the Chiefs, an offense that brought the best out of Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. The former first-overall pick went from potential draft bust to MVP candidate under Andy Reid and Nagy’s watch.

Nagy admitted he and his staff may have been a little too aggressive with the amount of information thrust upon Trubisky so far.  It took five years to master the offense in Kansas City, he said, but the first-year head coach sees a lot of similarities between his current and past quarterbacks.

"These guys are just wired differently,” Nagy said when comparing Trubisky to Smith. “With Mitch, the one thing that you notice each and every day is this kid is so hungry. He wants to be the best. And he’s going to do whatever he needs to do. He’s so focused.”

Smith had the best year of his career in 2017 and much of the credit belongs to Nagy, who served as Smith’s position coach in each season of his tenure in Kansas City. He threw for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions during the five regular season games that Nagy took over play-calling duties last year.

Nagy said Trubisky has a similar attention to detail that Smith brought to the Chiefs’ quarterback room.

"Each and every detail that we give him means something. It’s not just something he writes down in a book. He wants to know the why,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “He’s a good person that is in this for the right reason. His teammates absolutely love him. It was the same thing with Alex [Smith] in Kansas City.”

A locker room that believes in its quarterback is a critically important variable for success, one that Nagy already sees exists in Chicago.

"When you have that as a coach and when you have that as being a quarterback, not everybody has that, and when you have that you’re in a good spot.”