Another person in sports has left us. I’ve lost count already this year.
This time, it was former Chicago Bear Bryan Robinson. And that name is familiar with a bunch of us.
In the 90’s, the Bears were awful. In fact, they’re still awful. It felt like a lifetime between victories against the Packers. Growing up in a town that was nearly split down the middle with Bears/Packers fans, it made it even worse.
The year was 1999. The Bears were so bad, God couldn’t even watch. Walter Payton had passed during the week before the game. The Bears went to Lambeau to play the Packers. The day before, there was a ceremony at Lambeau remembering Payton. As I mentioned in the previous thread with Gordie Howe and Blackhawks fans, I think Packers fans would say that the only Bear they could never hate would be Walter Payton. So needless to say, it was a very emotional time for both teams.
The game begins and the Bears, to everyone’s surprise, including themselves, are actually playing in a close game. A 13-year old me is watching this game in the living room. Looking back, the Bears actually being up on the Packers was so rare in my childhood, that I remember these games well. I just remember Jim Miller throwing interceptions in this game. Cade McNown had a knee injury early in the game. As I type this, my eyes are ready to bleed just reminiscing about Cade McNown doing some type of bootleg. Fuck.
Moving on, the Bears take the lead in the 3rd quarter on a Bobby Engram touchdown thrown from Miller. I just researched the box score. Miller threw three interceptions in this game. In the 4th quarter, Chris fucking Boniol missed a field goal that would have put the Bears up 17-13 with just under 6:00 minutes to go. So Brett Favre, who was sending dick pictures with Polaroids to reporters during this time due to cell phone cameras not yet being invented, drove the Packers down the field in typical Brett Favre fashion. As a Bears fan, I am sure everyone was thinking, “not this again”.
Favre takes the Packers down to around the 10-yard line with just a few seconds to go. Ryan Longwell, who was a pretty damn good kicker, just had to make a chip shot right in the middle of the field for the win. On this day, the Bears pulled one out of their asses thanks to one man: Bryan Robinson.
Bryan, thank you for this memory.