In a whirlwind of criticism where fans and media are calling the Chicago Bears “soft,” their quiet rookie Kyle Fuller is setting a different example.
A week ago things couldn’t have looked worse for the team. They were on the tail end of another bitterly disappointing loss at home and worse yet their defense continued to take hits on the injury front. This time news broke that Fuller, who was playing better than any corner on their roster by far, had to exit the contest not just with a broken hand but a hip pointer as well. Based on recent history, people automatically started assuming the 22-year old would miss a few weeks, perhaps more with the ailments. It seems nobody bothered to tell Fuller.
Just days after receiving the diagnosis and going through further tests, the Chicago Bears coaches seemed surprised to see him back on the field practicing. It got to the point where even the pessimistic Marc Trestman had no problems offering his belief the young corner would be good to go for the huge matchup in New England.
Trestman tells us Kyle Fuller has looked good in practice this week. Does not believe the brace on Fuller's hand will bother the CB.
— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) October 24, 2014
In a season of turmoil, doubt and too many lingering absences of starters on defense and offense, Kyle Fuller is setting a different model. In a modern era of football, he’s demonstrating a bit of old school mentality by playing through pain in order to be there when his team needs him the most.
One can only hope this sort of dedication starts to bleed into the rest of the Bears players as the season progresses.
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