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06.11.2019 04:23
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ROSEMONT Andy Isabella Jersey , Ill. (AP) — Dent, the Chicago Bears sure have the look of a champion.Dent sees striking similarities between the current team and the 1985 shufflin’ crew that brought home the founding NFL franchise’s lone Super Bowl championship. That team dominated like no other, and the current group still has some climbing to do to reach the same level.“To me, this team looks just like us in ’84, ’85,” he said. “We really started to jell, to be the best that we can be. We beat one another, and when you beat one another Zach Allen Jersey , no one else can beat you but yourself. That’s what drove us to be the best that we can be.”How high the Bears can go remains to be seen. But in Chicago, optimism is soaring.The Monsters of the Midway re-emerged last season, winning the NFC North at 12-4 in coach Matt Nagy’s first season and making the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The defense, led by All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack, ranked among the best in the NFL.The Bears thought they were in position to make a run, only to have the season end on former kicker Cody Parkey’s double-doink miss off the upright and crossbar in a wild-card loss to Philadelphia at Soldier Field.As the Bears celebrate their 100th anniversary this weekend, the past and present are colliding.Six Hall of Famers and 230 former and current players and coaches were on hand for the opening ceremony on Friday. The festivities continued Saturday with panel discussions featuring past and current Bears.Hall of Famers Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Mike Ditka shared stories ranging from their interactions with George Halas to championship seasons and what propelled them.Butkus recalled the seeds for becoming one of the most feared tacklers ever to put on a helmet and pads taking root as a high school running back at Chicago Vocational High School.“I was just going more by what bothered me as a running back in high school Hakeem Butler Jersey ,” he said.Singletary recalled his first team meeting with Halas.“You were looking at history,” he said. “You were looking at somebody of competence. You were looking at the guy who basically started the whole league.”The Bears naturally are shining a bright light this weekend on a past that includes nine championships. They have 28 Hall of Fame busts on display as well as the Super Bowl XX Lombardi Trophy.It’s been a long wait for another one. But the jump the Bears made last year under Nagy no doubt energized their fan base as well as their alumni.Can these Bears win it all?“Don’t know,” Singletary said. “Do they have the players? Yes. Do they have the talent? Yes. Maturity is going to be the thing that has to be there. Hopefully, they can do that.”Dent sees similarities to where the Bears were entering the 1985 season. Like the current group, they were coming off a brutal playoff loss — 23-0 to San Francisco the previous year in the NFC championship game.That team had one of the most dominant defenses ever assembled with Dan Hampton, Singletary and Dent leading the way. Last season, Chicago had three All-Pros on defense with safety Eddie Jackson and cornerback Kyle Fuller selected along with Mack. Defensive end Akiem Hicks also made the Pro Bowl.Dent said Mack will have to add “another wrinkle” to his game after five seasons because “there’s a lot of film out there” on him and “father time’s gonna catch up.” But he also has plenty of help, with Hicks and linebacker Roquan Smith creating havoc and Jackson and Fuller anchoring the secondary.“You can’t double everybody Chris Lindstrom Jersey ,” Dent said. “That’s just like us.” AMSTERDAM (AP)Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job.Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.In his acceptance speech, the award-winner described police killings of African Americans and Latinos in the United States as lawful lynchings.”Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation – the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex,” Kaepernick said.Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality.”How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, `freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?” he said at Saturday’s award ceremony.Other players joined his protest in the 2016 season, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump , who called for team owners to fire such players.In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan.Kaepernick wasn’t signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco.Reid, a safety who is now a free agent, continued Kaepernick’s protests by kneeling during the anthem last season. Reid has said he will take a different approach in 2018.Kaepernick paid tribute to his friend for his own role in the protest movement.”Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy,” Kaepernick said. ”But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career.”Amnesty hands its award each year to a person or organization, ”dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others.”Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick ”an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination.”Previous recipients of the award include anti-Apartheid campaigner and South African President Nelson Mandela and Malala�Yousafzai Kyler Murray Jersey , the Pakistani schoolgirl who campaigned for girls’ right to education even after surviving being shot by Taliban militants.”In truth, this is an award that I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force,” Kaepernick said.

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