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Into the Frey: Bears rookie ready to work

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Into the Frey: Bears rookie ready to work

Life is filled with highs and lows, but sometimes we find ourselves experiencing both emotions simultaneously. Bears rookie cornerback Isaiah Frey can relate.

The sixth round draft pick out of Nevada has a four-year deal with Chicago and hes living out the dream of playing in the NFL. This new life as a professional comes with great pressure, including digesting page after page of the playbook, hours in meeting rooms and even more time out on the practice field.

Its difficult at first, Im not even going to lie, Frey said.

Just a year ago Frey led all of FBS with 21 pass breakups and was the guy in the Wolfpack secondary. Now he is just another guy trying to fit in.

It kind of takes you back to your freshman year of college where you come in as the low man on the totem pole, but you work your way up.

While struggles come with the territory your first season in the NFL, not every young player has the good fortune of playing under quality veterans like Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings and Kelvin Hayden.

Being with them guys has been a blessing for me honestly. When you come into this league you really dont know much as a rookie and those three have been a big help for me.

Head coach Lovie Smith echoes Freys high praise on his teams group of cornerbacks.

Peanut Tillman, Tim Jennings and Kelvin Hayden are great guys to watch because they are physical and they come to work every day, Smith said.

They have good skills, they can all catch the ball and they will all tackle. Exactly what were trying to teach as coaches to the young players. They are great examples.

Smith says that he and his coaching staff can only do so much to help develop a player right away, but certain influential veterans can make all the difference for a first-year player.

As a coach you say Hey, do it this way, but it helps when you have somebody each day that is being a perfect example for you. You need a good example when youre a rookie coming in and you dont know exactly what the NFL game is about.

Smith seems to believe in Frey and made it a point to note his improvement during the five-week break between OTAs and training camp.

Thats all you are looking for because he will compete and hes got talent.

For a California kid who grew up in Roseville, just outside of Sacramento, the football field is exactly where Frey wants to be working right now. And thats it, he knows this sport isnt just about talent, size and speed, but rather what you do with it.

There is a lot of room for improvement. I'm not even close to even becoming a good player yet. I still have a lot to learn during this process.

Thats exactly the approach some of the most successful people have in their lives. The key is that Frey doesnt just have a lofty goal, but he has the guidance with the Bears to become better and is willing to put in the work necessary to achieve greatness.

Allen Robinson appears on latest 'Big Guys in a Benz'

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Allen Robinson appears on latest 'Big Guys in a Benz'

New Bears wideout Allen Robinson appears on the latest episode of 'Big Guys in a Benz' hosted by Anthony Adams. In the episode, Robinson touches on a number of topics from growing up rooting for the Minnesota Vikings despite being from Detroit, his favorite Chicago baseball team and how he went about free agency.

When asked where the Bears were ranked when looking at teams in free agency, Robinson said the Bears were No. 1 on his list.

...especially once they hired coach Nagy, you know, I had been watching his work over the past couple of years and I know it's a system that I would definitely fit into and flourish in. 

As far as growing up a Vikings fan?

Bears fans can forgive Robinson as he grew up idolizing Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. He went on to explain that once a year for his birthday he would get to go see the Vikings play in Detroit. Things came full-circle for Robinson when he was able to train for four weeks straight with Moss last summer, which Robinson said "took his game to the next level". 

When pressed to choose White Sox or Cubs, Robinson quickly responded "Cubs", making his allegiance to the North Siders known. 

And though the interview didn't touch on Robinson's ACL rehab, it did show how Robinson is quickly endearing himself to Bears fans as he prepares for a bounce-back season. 

38 Days to Kickoff - Glenbrook North

38 Days to Kickoff - Glenbrook North

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Glenbrook North

Head coach: Bob Pieper

Assistant coaches: Matt Purdy, Dom Savino, Justin Weiner, Justin Georgacakis, Matt Miller, Brad Hokin, Ernie Brandt and Mike Nabolotny

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference). Glenbrook North failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Wheeling

Sept. 1 vs Grant

Sept. 7 vs Hoffman Estates

Sept. 14 @ Elk Grove

Sept. 21 @ Maine West

Sept. 28 vs Highland Park

Oct. 5 @ Maine East

Oct. 12 vs Deerfield

Oct. 19 vs Vernon Hills

[MORE: 61 Days to Kickoff - Maine West]

Biggest storyline: Will the Spartans' growing pains from last season pay off come August?

Names to watch this season: DB Ben Kieffer and OL Nick Mantas

Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans welcome back an impressive 15 starters (eight offense, seven defense) this season. That said, who will be the main ball carrier this season for the Spartans?

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbrook North posted a winning record in 2017, but a low playoff point total kept the Spartans watching the playoffs at home. Look for a much more experienced team on both sides of the football this fall that will contend for the Central Suburban North conference title and a state playoff spot.