No. 23 finally believes Bears are serious about a Hester package

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No. 23 finally believes Bears are serious about a Hester package

When talk started about a Hester package being created for him in the 2012 Bears offense, coming from different levels within the organization, one guy wasnt all that excited about the buzz:

Devin Hester.

The reason was simple. Hes heard it all before, whether from Ron Turner or Mike Martz or whomever. For the last five, six years, coordinators professed big plans for the returner-turned-receiver, yet nothing ever really came to pass, so to speak.

That was pretty much it, Hester said Wednesday.

Until now.

With organize team activities moving through their second week, plus casual time in the film and meeting rooms, Hester is perhaps for the first time allowing himself to begin believing that talk of a specific plan inside the offense to utilize his skill set will happen.

With this offense, I really do truly think that Mike Tice and Jeremy and those guys want to put this in this year. Im looking forward to it and Mike Tice is more excited than anybody in this organization about putting in this Hester package so more than anything, hes going to be the guy thats going to control that.

Precise details of any Hester Package are not going to be made public. And it will change.

Using broad strokes, however, the plan is for Brandon Marshall to command a major amount of double coverage from defenses. That is logical: Receivers with no fewer than 81 receptions over the past five years get that kind of attention.

But the subtlety, depending on situations and personnel, is turning that into opportunities where Hester in fact is the primary target based on anticipated single coverage always the quarterbacks default prime setting.

That's going to leave me backside one-on-one, and when I come up and make some big plays, the coverage is going to roll over, and that's when it's going to open up to him, Hester said. It's going to be a rotation thing.

And a simple thing.

Asked for his own description of a pack, Hester paused, then simplified: Getting an athlete the ball, getting the ball to a guy who can do damage with the ball in his hands.

Lyons Township QB Ben Bryant verbally commits to Wisconsin

Lyons Township QB Ben Bryant verbally commits to Wisconsin

Lyons Township junior three-star ranked quarterback Ben Bryant (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process early and gave Wisconsin his verbal commitment.

"I feel like Wisconsin would be a great fit for me," Bryant said minutes after posting his decision via his Twitter account. "The coaches at Wisconsin really want me there. Wisconsin is a Top 10 program. I love the campus, plus it's really close to home. Honestly I have a lot of reasons why I decided on Wisconsin."

Bryant took part in a Wisconsin satellite camp at Homewood-Flossmoor and received his offer from the Badgers shortly after his camp appearance.

Bryant, who also had an early offer from Central Michigan, was drawing increased recruiting attention from several Big Ten schools this late fall and made unofficial visits this fall to both Iowa and Indiana along with Wisconsin.

Jonathan Toews donates $1 million to community center in Winnipeg

Jonathan Toews donates $1 million to community center in Winnipeg

Jonathan Toews was the highest paid player in the NHL this past year, and he's giving back to the community that helped him become one of the best players in the league.

The Blackhawks captain donated $1 million to the Dakota Community Centre in Winnipeg, where he was born and raised, making it the largest ever private donation to a community centre in Manitoba.

“From my earliest days playing hockey, Dakota Community Centre has always played a pivotal role in my upbringing and my career," Toews said in a statement. “Today, I continue to be honoured to have my name associated with the Sportsplex on the Dakota campus. My parents have instilled in me the importance of giving back, and I believe that in supporting Dakota, we will see endless possibilities for the Community Centre’s future and transformation in the lives of our community members.”

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Toews will also serve as the honorary chairman for the Dakota Futures Capital Campaign, which will support the construction of a new 60,000-square-foot, $20-million fieldhouse and future development of the campus.

The fieldhouse will include a 30,000-square-foot gymnasium that will contain multiple court sports, such as basketball and volleyball, sport training and conditioning, all of which will be connected to the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex. It's expected to open in the fall of 2017.

The Sportsplex was named in Toews' honor in 2010, and includes two indoor ice rinks, a gymnasium, and strength training facilities, among others.

“We are so proud that Jonathan has chosen to give back to the community in this way," said Toews' parents Andrée Gilbert and Bryan Toews. "Our family has such fond memories of hockey practices and friendships made at the Dakota Community Centre. We look forward to the opening of the new Fieldhouse and the continued growth of the Dakota  campus. Through programs for all ages and acting as a gathering place in our community, the Dakota Community Centre transforms thousands of lives each year."