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|Mushin Muhammad once said Chicago is where receivers go to die, but he did alright with the Bears.|
The three years Muhsin Muhammad spent with the Chicago Bears barely registers as a blip on the receiver’s distinguished 14-year career, which ended Thursday with his retirement announcement.
The career leader in several receiving categories for Carolina (860 receptions, 11,438 yards and 62 touchdowns), Muhammad played his first nine seasons with the Panthers -- and made two Pro Bowls -- before signing in 2005 with the Bears as a free agent. Muhammad, 37, who played in his second Super Bowl in 2006, finished his Bears career with 164 catches for 2,183 yards and 12 touchdowns, before re-signing with Carolina in 2008.
Following his departure from Chicago, Muhammad -- who has been described by team insiders as “a politician” -- took a shot at the club, which had undergone countless difficulties in finding a franchise quarterback during the receiver’s three seasons.
In describing his tenure with the Bears, Muhammad referred to Chicago in an August 2008 Sports Illustrated article, as the team “where receivers go to die,” adding that “in the time Brett Favre has started for the Packers -- what's it been, 16 years? -- I bet the Bears have had 16 different starting quarterbacks.”
Muhammad appears to have been wrong on both counts.
At the time, the Bears had actually gone through an NFL-high 21 starting quarterbacks, which has since grown by only one in Jay Cutler. And it’s obvious that Muhammad’s career didn’t die in Chicago.
After leaving the Bears prior to the 2008 season, Muhammad produced his best numbers -- 65 catches, 923 yards, 5 TDs -- since 2004. Muhammad closed a career highlighted by toughness and consistency last season with 53 catches for 581 yards and a TD.