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Under Center Podcast: Dan Hampton reflects on Thanksgiving and Walter Payton

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Under Center Podcast: Dan Hampton reflects on Thanksgiving and Walter Payton

Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton joins NBC Sports Chicago Bears producer Eric Strobel to discuss a variety of topics:

-The significance of playing on Thanksgiving and an epic Bears/Lions holiday game in 1980 (1:45)

-His broken nose in the celebratory aftermath of that game (5:00)

-How Walter Payton's legacy has endured and grown in the 20 years since his passing (9:00)

-His disappointment in this year's Bears team (14:45).

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Under Center Podcast

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Preps Basketball Power Rankings No. 4 Curie

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Preps Basketball Power Rankings No. 4 Curie

School: Curie

2018-19 record: 35-2 (9-0 in Public League Red-South/Central)

Postseason results: Won third place in Class 4A over Rockford East.

Players to watch: After a strong junior season, wing Ramean Hinton will be one of the state's best players this season as he's a talented scorer who can also defend multiple spots. Role players from last season's team, including Elijah Pickens, Armond Williams and Savion Williams, will also earn more minutes and increased production. Junior Phillip Berryhill is also an intriguing piece to keep an eye on.

Why they're in the power rankings: Shocking the area by becoming a nationally-ranked powerhouse last season, Curie won every game against Chicagoland competition. With eight players returning from that team, as well as a talented group of sophomores-turned-juniors, it should be another strong season from the Condors.

Did you know? Curie has become one of the most successful programs in the state over the past decade. The Condors have captured a Class 4A state title (2016), a Class 4A third-place finish (2019) and seven regional titles in the past 10 years.