You still smile.
And if you’re anything like me, you smile a lot when you lose.
But you can’t stop smiling now.
There is something so beautiful about losing, you can hardly stop smiling.
This year, I’m so grateful for the chance to see the Bears return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008, even if I was the one who won the game last year.
And I’m especially grateful that I was able to play a role in that.
I didn’t play a huge part, but I was a huge reason why they were able to win that game.
And that was a blessing.
The Bears are back in the playoffs after their longest losing streak since the 1980s, and I’m happy to see them win it again.
I’ve been a big fan of the Bears since I was 6 years old.
I grew up in Chicago, so I’ve watched the team play at Soldier Field for 30 years.
And when the team went to Minnesota, I had a dream.
I thought I’d go to the team hotel, sit down with the head coach and tell him, “I’m not going to be there.”
He was like, “OK, good, I’ll give you a tour of the hotel.
Just take a seat and I’ll get you in a taxi.”
It was one of those moments, the feeling that you were actually at the hotel, walking down the hall to your hotel room, sitting down in your bed.
It was magical.
And then when I got back to the hotel that night, it was just me and my dad, watching the Bears game on television.
And the next morning, we woke up in the morning and I said, “Dad, we were dreaming.”
I didn’ realize at the time, but it was one hell of a day.
And my dad was like “That’s awesome, that was so crazy.”
And I was like: “Yeah, you’re right.
I was dreaming about it.”
And he was like — that’s pretty cool.
The team that won the Super Bowl in 2007 was my team.
And we won the NFC North.
And now we’re back.
I’m grateful to all the fans out there who came out to support us and cheered for us.
And they gave me a lot of encouragement.
I appreciate the support from those who were there on the field that day.
They were cheering for me.
I appreciated that.
And, of course, they were cheering against us.
But I appreciate their support.
That’s what makes sports special.
That and the fact that we were able the past two years to win a Super Bowl.
I am happy for all of those fans who support us.
That was special.
And it was something I had to live for, to be a part of that.
But now, it’s time to see if we can keep winning.
I hope we can.
I don’t know what else to say.
We’re going to win the next one, and we’ll see if it’s even a little bit harder.
I know it’s a different kind of pressure because we’ve won five games in a row, but you know what, we’re going into it with a lot more confidence than we have in the past.
It feels different.
We’ve got a lot to prove.
So it’s going to take us a little while to find that rhythm again.
It’s going be tough to get it back to normal, but we’ve got to go out there and play and try to win.
We still have a lot in our tank.
And what I’m excited about, I think, is to be able to go to those home games and play in front of our fans and be able be part of a winning team.
We have a big opportunity to go play a big game.
So we’re looking forward to it.
And hopefully, the fans will be able see it, too.
And yeah, I know this is the second year in a few years where we’re in the playoff hunt, and hopefully we can get back to our winning ways.
And just having the chance, to see that we’re still playing the way we played and to see what we can do, I’ve really been excited about it.
We just have to keep fighting.
We need to keep working hard.
And with our new head coach, Jim Caldwell, we have a good chance of winning.
And there’s going, I believe, to have a chance of doing so.
We are so excited.