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Under Center Podcast: What does it take to win a Super Bowl with David Diehl?

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Under Center Podcast: What does it take to win a Super Bowl with David Diehl?

Host Laurence Holmes discusses what does it take for a team to win a Super Bowl with Chicago product and 2 time Super Bowl champion David Diehl. They also discuss his ties to Chicago, his extensive Jordan collection, and what he would do if he fixed the Bears.

(3:10) - His connection with Brother Rice High School

(6:20) - Blocking for Eli Manning during the Super Bowl runs

(10:27) - Is Mitch close to being a QB you can win a Super Bowl with?

(12:40)- His favorite Bears of all time

(14:30) - Jordan collection

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Maxwell 'Bunchie' Young from the NFL’s Super Bowl video already has a scholarship offer from Lovie Smith

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Maxwell 'Bunchie' Young from the NFL’s Super Bowl video already has a scholarship offer from Lovie Smith

Remember the kid sporting the cool faux-hawk in the NFL’s star-studded Super Bowl video? There is a chance he could be coming to Urbana-Champaign in five years.

Back in 2017, University of Illinois head coach and former Bears coach Lovie Smith offered then 10-year-old Maxwell “Bunchie” Young a scholarship to play for the Fighting Illini. Bunchie, now 13, starred in the NFL’s “NEXT 100” video, in which he was seen navigating famous football faces and various locales around the US before charging the Super Bowl LIV stadium in Miami. Young had been previously profiled by ESPN and was named Sports Illustrated SportsKid of the Year in 2017.

The news of the scholarship offer from Illinois three years ago opened up a larger conversation around schools recruiting and offering kids at such a young age. In the case of Young, he won’t be eligible to play for the Illini until 2025. Smith’s current contract expires long before that so there's always a chance that the coaching staff that made the offer won't be in place when Young is eligible to play. According to NCAA rules, schools can't make written scholarship offers until August of the player’s senior season. Verbal offers, however, are a different story.

Young wasn’t the only Chicagoland connection in the NFL’s ode to the next 100 years of football. Bears owner Virginia McCaskey had a supporting role near the end of the video, sporting Bears gear and presenting Young with the ball before he ran into the Super Bowl stadium. McCaskey filmed her cameo at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, which led to another local highlight.

Libertyville High School’s football field made an appearance about a minute into the video, the location chosen due to its proximity to Halas Hall. About a minute in, Young is seen sprinting onto the Libertyville field to intercept a pass from Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman before holding the ball for a field-goal attempt by US women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd.

2021 Super Bowl Odds: Bears among championship-caliber teams

2021 Super Bowl Odds: Bears among championship-caliber teams

The Kansas City Chiefs are enjoying everything that comes along with the afterglow of a Super Bowl victory after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, 31-20.

It was a tough watch for Bears fans who were left questioning whether it should've been Chicago hoisting the Lombardi Trophy had GM Ryan Pace selected Patrick Mahomes instead of Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead, and as is the usual offseason experience in this city, Bears faithful are forced to look ahead to the 2021 season.

Next year's Super Bowl odds were released shortly after Andy Reid secured his first-ever title, and the Bears rank among several teams capable of making a run in 2021:

  • Chiefs 6-1
  • Ravens 7-1
  • 49ers 8-1
  • Saints 11-1
  • Patriots 14-1
  • Steelers 15-1
  • Packers 18-1
  • Cowboys 18-1
  • Seahawks 22-1
  • Eagles 25-1
  • Rams 25-1
  • Browns 25-1
  • Vikings 25-1
  • Chargers 30-1
  • Raiders 30-1
  • Texans 30-1
  • Titans 30-1
  • Bills 30-1
  • Bears 30-1
  • Colts 35-1
  • Falcons 40-1
  • Buccaneers 50-1
  • Cardinals 60-1
  • Jets 60-1
  • Jaguars 75-1
  • Broncos 75-1
  • Dolphins 100-1
  • Giants 100-1
  • Lions 100-1
  • Panthers 100-1
  • Redskins 200-1
  • Bengals 200-1

It's a far cry from last year this time when Chicago was considered one of the NFC's favorites to play in Sunday night's game. But after an 8-8 season and with questions at quarterback, the Bears have fallen back to the middle of the pack.

Still, the Texans (with Deshaun Watson) are viewed in the same class as Chicago, and the Colts, whose GM Chris Ballard has been lauded as one of the best general managers in the game, are worse. The Bears' 30-1 odds are 14th best in the league.

It's fair to assume the Bears will climb this list should they sign a quality veteran quarterback. In fact, the only thing keeping Chicago from being near the top is the play of Trubisky, who failed to inspire any confidence as a player capable of developing into a franchise passer.