Mutual support reflected in Urlacher award

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Mutual support reflected in Urlacher award

Brian Urlacher has been a Bear longer than any teammate other than long snapper Patrick Mannelly, coming in the first round of the 2000 draft.

He also has been a team captain since early in his career, an honor reflecting what players and coaches think of his leadership and persona.

That honor took the form of the teams annual Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday, an award voted on by players and given to Urlacher who had to cope with the death of his mother Lavoyda Lenard last September.

Ive always appreciated my teammates and the organization always being there, Urlacher said. Its a family organization and it shows when something like that happened to me. They were there for me and the same goes for the locker room; the guys were there for me.

Lovie Smith inherited Urlacher when he succeeded Dick Jauron as Bears coach in 2004 and has seen Urlachers character in action both on and off the field.

You could give Brian some type of award every year and no one would be surprised, Smith said. Hes been a captain every year Ive been here, and Ive made the statement that hes the best superstar youll ever have a chance to be around... Hes not just a captain who goes out there for the coin toss.

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

In the age of social media you can track something like Bastian Schweinsteiger's flight to Chicago in almost real-time.

The Chicago Fire publicized Schweinsteiger's Tuesday arrival in Chicago, giving fans details of when his plane was expected to arrive and at what terminal.

First, Schweinsteiger and his former tennis player wife, Ana Ivanovic, both tweeted photos to their millions of followers about their trip.

Once they arrived, the mob scene at O'Hare was on. Schweinsteiger was greeted by hundreds of fans.

Check out the video above for some footage of Schweinsteiger's arrival.

He will be introduced formally with a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Fire Pitch in Chicago. The press conference will air on CSN+ and be streamed live on CSNChicago.com.

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.