Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bear Down Sunday #15 (Will Be Monday)

The Chicago Bears are 8-6 and again facing a must win situation. Unfortunately, they also need the Minnesota Vikings to lose. Monday night, the Green Bay Packers are in Chicago to play the Bears.
Back in 1980, Mike Tomczak was the quarterback for Thornton Fractional North High School. TF North was playing Mt. Carmel in a playoff game. Mt. Carmel, lead by linebacker Tony Furjanic, beat Tomczak's TF North team. I almost felt bad for Tomczak as our paths crossed on the field as the game ended.
After a good career at Ohio State University, Tomczak signed with the Bears as a free agent. Tomczak appeared in 6 games as the Bears went on to win the Super Bowl in his first year. Somewhat surprisingly, Tomczak would end up being the last active member of that Bears team.
Tomczak played in Chicago for 6 seasons before joining the Packers for a year. One year in Cleveland followed that and then he was off to Pittsburgh for the next 7 years.
Many people forget that Tomczak's career ended with the Detroit Lions. He signed with the Lions, but suffered a broken leg in the pre-season.

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