After protecting Jay Cutler all of last season, Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod spent this spring hunting him.
Paintballing was one of the many activities Bushrod, Cutler and a host of other Bears took part in over a bonding trip in March. Other events included go-karting, pottery classes, barbecues, a trip through the Everglades and a now-famous selfie that Bushrod posted on his Instagram page.
And like it was during the season, Bushrod said Cutler used his elusiveness to become arguably the Bears' best paintballer.
"Jay's kind of sneaky. He didn't have much paint on him at the end of the day," he told CSNChicago.com inside the AT&T U-verse Lounge. "The smaller guys were usually the better ones. I'm kind of a big target so they can find me."
The Bears likely wore something more comfortable than fashionable to paintball in, but that doesn't mean they don't have style.
And though Bushrod admitted some of the smaller players have more style because "they have more of a selection," the tackle's shoe game is among the best on the team.
"I'm actually taking up her space in the closet with my shoes," he said. "I try to mix it up as much as I can. I've always been a Jordan fan."
That fashion will be on display next week on June 1 at 6 p.m., when Bushrod and his wife, Jessica, host the Rize Fashion Show which will benefit the Bears left tackle's Visualize and Rize Foundation, which supports youth sports and education programs. Tickets range from $35 to $250 and includes a VIP Party following the event.
According to the Bears official website, Bushrod expects the wives of teammates Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett, Craig Steltz and Matt Slauson to participate in the show, among others. VIP tickets include drink tickets, a gift bag, grand prize raffle entry and a photo op with the Chicago sports couples participating in the event.
"I just expect a good time. I expect the community's going to come out and they're going to see the beautiful wives of the Chicago Bears players rip the runway for a good cause. And at the end of the day we're just trying to raise money for scholarships for these kids and motivate them as much as we can to get out there and follow their dreams," Bushrod said. "And if we can take some of that financial burden off them by sending them to school or picking up the tabs on their books...we're going to do that. We're going to continue to bless as many people as we can."