Take a bow, Mitchell Trubisky. You can officially say you’ve been named to the NFL Pro Bowl.
It was announced today that our guy will be replacing Jared Goff at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. I, of course, found out about this news from my guy at the Trib, “Biggsy” Brad Biggs.
Ok, so the Pro Bowl really doesn’t matter. It’s arguably the least entertaining of all the all-star games in major sports leagues – there’s no real hitting, the game is played at half-speed and most players end up backing out due to the playing in the Super Bowl (like Goff), injuries or simple disinterest.
However, it is an honor that many players strive for to beef up their resume. And Bears fans can finally say…
“We have a Pro Bowl quarterback.”
You know how long Bears fans have been waiting to say that? I’ll tell you how long: SINCE JIM MCMAHON WAS NAMED TO THE PRO BOWL IN 1986. 33 longgggg years.
That’s right, it’s been that damn long since a Bears QB has been named to the Pro Bowl.
Just to let it sink in even more to Bears and non-Bears fans alike reading this blog, here’s the list of QBs that have started for the Bears since 1986 – there’s 35. THIRTY FIVE. 3. 5. Huge shoutout to basement-dwellers out there for making this list on Wikipedia.
- Mike Tomczak
- Steve Fuller
- Doug Flutie (has this guy played for EVERY team??)
- Mike Hohensee
- Steve Bradley
- Jim Harbaugh (turned out to be a better coach)
- Peter Tom Willis
- Will Furrer
- Steve Walsh
- Erik Kramer
- Dave Krieg
- Rick Mirer
- Steve Stenstrom
- Moses Moreno
- Shane Matthews
- Cade McNown (fuck that guy)
- Jim Miller (now one of my favorite analysts)
- Chris Chandler
- Henry Burns
- Kordell Stewart
- Rex Grossman (oh gosh)
- Chad Hutchinson
- Jonathan Quinn
- Craig Krenzel
- Kyle Orton (strong beard game)
- Brian Griese
- Jay Cutler (Smokin’ Jay forever)
- Todd Collins
- Caleb Hanie (had that almost-game-winning-drive against Green Bay in the NFC Championship game)
- Josh McCown (the dad everyone loved)
- Jason Campbell
- Jimmy Clausen (way to go after Ndamukong Suh that one game)
- Matt Barkley (hope for one game)
- Brian Hoyer
- Mike Glennon (easiest $18.5 million made in history)
(*I didn’t count Chase Daniel since he played in the same season as Trubisky.)
And now…our boy Mitch. I had some terrible memories come up writing out that list when I started typing the likes of Craig Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn, Todd Collins, Rex Grossman…you can call that era the “Bears Quarterback Dark Ages.”
Say what you want about Mitchell Trubisky. Of course, he’s not perfect. He knows that. Matt Nagy knows that. Ryan Pace knows that. His teammates know that.
But, don’t tell me that it isn’t nice to finally see a QB in Chicago with a bright future and a signal caller on the Bears who is actually being honored for playing well by being named to the Pro Bowl.
Fuck a Super Bowl party, I’m gonna have a Pro Bowl party this year.
Featured Image: Sporting News