Where are they now? 2006 Bears offense

Where are they now? 2006 Bears offense
November 27, 2013, 10:00 am
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Scott Krinch

CSN's first installation of "Bears Classics" will begin with "Night of the Ridiculous' which debuts on Comcast SportsNet tonight at 9:30 p.m.

The Bears have gone through a complete overhaul in the last seven years. Since their memorable Monday night victory over the Cardinals in 2006, they've lost the face of their franchise, hired a new coaching staff, and general manager just to name a few. In fact, only six players remain from Chicago's 2006 roster.

In advance of tonight's premiere of "Bears Classics: Night of the Ridiculous" on Comcast SportsNet, we thought it would be fun to take a look at what each member of the 2006 team has been up to since leaving the Bears. Let's take a look at the offense: 


Rex Grossman

You either loved or hated Rex Grossman when he was in Chicago. There was really no in between when it came to "Good" Rex/"Bad" Rex. Since leaving the Bears, Grossman has went on to backup Matt Schaub in Houston and Robert Griffin III in Washington. He's recorded 29 touchdowns to 34 interceptions since the 2006 season. Currently, he's serving as the third-string QB with the Redskins.

Kyle Orton

Orton has gone on to have moderate success outside of Chicago. Ironically, he was a main piece in the trade that brought Jay Cutler to the Bears. Orton has started a combined 27 games with the Broncos and Chiefs, and he's currently Tony Romo's backup in Dallas.

Brian Griese

Griese wasn't much of a factor for the Bears in '06, but he got some revenge against his former team a few years later, leading the Buccaneers to an overtime victory over Chicago in 2008. Griese never played another down in the NFL after his lone season in Tampa Bay. In his post-playing career he works as a college football analyst for ESPN.

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Running back

Thomas Jones

After the Bears handed the No. 1 running back job to Cedric Benson, Jones was traded to the Jets. In New York, and later Kansas City, Jones accumulated 5,207 rushing yards, 34 touchdowns and a Pro Bowl selection. Jones is currently retired and plans to donate his brain to the Sports Legacy Institute for concussion studies.

Cedric Benson

Off-the-field issues put an end to Benson's career in Chicago. He went on to find success with the Bengals, reaching the 1000-plus yard mark in three straight seasons. Benson later played for the Bears' NFC North rival Packers in 2012, but his season was cut short due to an injury. Benson is now trying to make it in the music industry with the stage name "DJ World Peace".

Adrian Peterson

Peterson was a solid reserve running back and key special teams contributor during his time in the Windy City. Following his release, Peterson spent some time with the Virginia Destroyers in the UFL. After his playing career he published a book titled Don't Dis My Abilities.

Jason McKie

When his time with the Bears concluded, McKie spent parts of two seasons with the Saints and Ravens. He currently hosts the JMack and Nate Vash Show on Chicagoland Sports Radio.

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Wide receiver

Muhsin Muhammad

As one of the few high-profile free agents Jerry Angelo signed when he was general manager with the Bears, Muhammad only achieved moderate success in the orange and blue. He later famously claimed "Chicago is where receivers go to die", which at the time may not have been too far from the truth. Muhammad resurrected his career with the Panthers in 2008-09, recording 118 receptions for 1,504 yards and six touchdowns. Now, Muhammad has shifted his focus to the restaurant industry. His investment group bought a controlling stake in the Charlotte-based restaurant Wild Wing Cafe.

Bernard Berrian

Berrian signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the rival Vikings in 2008. In his first season in Minnesota, Berrian tied an NFL record for the longest passing play from scrimmage with a 99-yard touchdown reception against the Bears. Which is one of the very few highlights from his time in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Even though Berrian hasn't played in the NFL since 2011, he is currently listed as a free agent. Some may remember him from an appearance as a contestant on NBC's Minute to Win it, playing for his charity in 2010.

Rashied Davis

Davis was a key special teams player and provided a spark at wideout in his time with the Bears. After his release in 2011, Davis resurfaced with the Lions. The former fan-favorite made more of an impact on the defensive side of the ball than on offense, recording seven tackles as a cornerback against the Packers on Thanksgiving. The Bears invited Davis back Bourbonnais the following training camp, but he was released a few weeks later in the preseason. In 2013, Davis signed with the SaberCats in the AFL, but was placed on injured reserve.

Mark Bradley

Bradley was never able to translate his success at the University of Oklahoma to the NFL. Following his release from the Bears, Bradley spent time with the Chiefs, Buccaneers and Saints. He's currently a free agent.

Justin Gage

Gage went on to have a decent career with the Titans after leaving the Bears in 2007. From '07-2010, Gage recorded 137 receptions for 2,050 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's been out of the NFL since the 2010 season.

Tight end

Desmond Clark

Clark's NFL career ended with the Bears in 2010. His 242 receptions rank second all-time in franchise history at tight end, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Ditka. Currently, Clark works as a real estate in the Chicagoland area for Coldwell Banker.

John Gilmore

Following his departure from the Bears, Gilmore played for the Buccaneers, Saints and Steelers. After his playing career, Gilmore co-founded the Gilmore/Henne Community Fund with Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne, providing grants to revitalize parks and recreational facilities in Berks County, Pennsylvania..

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Offensive line

Olin Kreutz

After a bitter exit from the Bears in 2011, Kreutz signed with the Saints. He lost his passion for the sport after just four games in New Orleans, retiring at age 34.

John Tait

Tait retired following the 2008 season. He's kept a low profile in his post-playing career, but he did put his Bucktown apartment on the market for $679,000 in 2012.

Fred Miller

Following in Tait's footsteps, Miller retired following the 2008 season. He currently serves as the head coach at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois..

Ruben Brown

In a common theme among Bears' offensive lineman, Brown left the NFL following the 2008 season. He co-hosts The Enforcers, a weekly television show in Buffalo with former NHL tough guy Rob Ray.

Roberto Garza

Garza currently starts at center for the Bears and is the only offensive player remaining from the 2006 team.

John St. Clair

After the departure of Tait, Miller and Brown, St. Clair started all 16 games at left tackle for the Bears in 2008. It led to a deal with the Browns in 2009 where he wasn't able to find much success. He's currently out of the league.


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