Brace yourself, Northwestern and Bears football fans. This might be tough to hear.
According to multiple reports, the Packers are expected to request an interview with Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald for Green Bay's head coaching vacancy. The request is expected to come after Northwestern plays in the Holiday Bowl on Monday, according to ESPN.
As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted, a connection exists between Fitzgerald and the Bears' long-time rival. Before becoming CEO of the Packers, Mark Murphy, who was Northwestern's Athletic Director from 2003-07, hired Fitzgerald as a coach.
The #Packers have interest in interviewing Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, sources say, and the connections are clear. This could be the one time Fitzgerald takes the interview. From this article https://t.co/2F75irh9f4 pic.twitter.com/V2NhOovkTM— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2018
Fitzgerald signed a contract-extension with Northwestern in April 2017 that runs through 2026 football season. The Packers interviewing Fitzgerald is not a guarantee that they will hire him. However, the thought of the long-time Northwestern coach sporting "rival" colors surely will not rest easy with Chicago football fans.