People travel from all over the world to live, work, and play in the Windy City- and the Chicago Bears are no different. Whether they’re native Chicagoans like James Brown and Kelvin Hayden, or they grew up traveling the world like Charles “Peanut” Tillman, the Bears have all come together this week for training camp at Olivet Nazarene University. Located in Bourbonnais (or “BEARbonnais,” as some call it), veterans and new additions such as Kyle Fuller and Ego Ferguson have all reported to training camp for the first practices of the 2014-2015 NFL season.
Whether they flew in from their off-season homes or drove down I-94 in a retro conversion van like quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears players and staff have traveled a variety of distances to play at Soldier Field. None have traveled more than than wide receiver Micheal Spurlock (21,607.2 miles, or just 3,000 miles less than the Earth’s circumference), who grew up in Mississippi and has played for eleven pro teams before suiting up for Chicago for the first time this season. However, second-year head coach Marc Trestman is a close second, having traveled 20,090.5 miles with coaching stints throughout the NFL and the Canadian Football League.
On the opposite end of the mileage spectrum is Jordan Lynch, a Chicago native who attended the nearby Northern Illinois University before being drafted by the Bears, traveling a mere 128 miles to join the Monsters of the Midway- that’s just ten miles more than the width of Lake Michigan! No matter how far they’ve come to be a part of Da Bears, throughout the season, coaches and players alike will only have one distance on their minds: 1,800 miles, or the span from Chicago to this year’s Super Bowl location at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Can they go the distance?