There was a time not long ago when the Bears' visit to Indianapolis Saturday night for their third exhibition game of the season would have been the most important day of the preseason for the entire roster.
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Mason Crosby, 34, is competing with Sam Ficken to keep the job he's had as Green Bay kicker since 2007.
The Bears have repeatedly stated throughout the offseason that every kick counts in the NFL’s most discussed kicking competition, maybe ever.
“You’d like to get him some game action, but, again, he’s a veteran guy who’s played a lot of football,” coach Matt LaFleur said after Rodgers was held out of Sunday’s practice.
The Bears on Sunday waived PK Elliott Fry, leaving Eddy Pineiro — for now — as the last man standing in the battle to replace Cody Parkey.
He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1978. His No. 66 jersey is retired and hangs on the Lambeau Field north end zone façade. He was the only linebacker on the NFL’s 50th anniversary team, compiled in 1969, and was chosen for the league’s 75th anniversary team in 1994, too. And yet, Nitschke was picked for the Pro Bowl ... once?
When Thompson decided to move on from Sherman, he interviewed six candidates for the job. In the end, he made what he called “an East Texas gut call” and chose McCarthy, who delivered the team’s fourth Super Bowl title when he led the 2010 Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team McCarthy grew up cheering for as a kid growing up in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Greenfield.
Alphabetically, and not by order of sales, Dallas, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Seattle and New England are the NFL teams with the best-selling jerseys over the past five years. Competing for or winning championships certainly helps popularity. And some looks are simply built to last, making for an iconic look like the Oakland Raiders.