Rizzo's Bears fandom had him amped for the Rivera hire


Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo may be a staple of the DC sports scene, but his Chicago fandom still runs deep. 

He's a big fan of the Bulls -- Michael Jordan in particular -- and still has a soft spot in his heart for the Bears. While he hasn't been able to watch a game yet this season, he'll get plenty of chances now since the Nationals finished the season outside the playoff picture. 

Most of his roots lie with the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears, arguably one of the best teams ever with one of the best defenses of all time.

One member of that defense was Washington Football coach Ron Rivera, who played as a rotational linebacker alongside Hall of Famer Mike Singletary. So Washington announced him as their new head coach, Rizzo was pumped for other reasons besides the local team landing a top-shelf coaching candidate.

"That's why I was so fired up when Washington signed [Ron] Rivera," Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday. "He was a member of maybe the best team ever in football with that '85 Bears team."


Rizzo's favorite player was, of course, running back Walter Payton, who coincidentally got Rivera into coaching back in the mid-90s. The only Bears jersey Rizzo had growing up was a No. 34.


Rivera and Rizzo lead arguably the two most popular teams in the city, so if they were to start a little bromance over their Bears roots and their positions of power in DC, would that be the worst thing?