When I was a kid, Bob Parsons was one of my favorite players. Parsons was a punter and occasional tight end. While he was never one of the eltie, you could always count on Parsons. He was reliable, steady and comforting in a way that only Bears fans would understand. He was part of the Bears "5 P" offense of those years. That would be Payton, Payton, Payton, Parsons punt.
I was very happy to meet Parsons earlier this year at an autograph signing. I mean no disrespect to Parsons, but I am sure I was one of the few who said that he was one of my favorite players as I grew up. My friends would poke me, telling me I couldn't have a punter as one of my favorites. Yet I did.
Getting back to today, the Bears are so much improved from those Bears of my youth. I wonder if I grew up with these Bears if Adam Podlesh would be one of my favorites/
Good luck to the Bears today and to Bob Parsons, wherever you are, thanks for the great memories.
Bob Parsons and me in Plainfield, IL-Early 2012.