Monday, May 23, 2011
BBAO: Bears rookie grants prom wish
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
I hope everyone had an outstanding weekend. By all accounts, 14-year-old Joslyn Levell of Morgantown, W.Va., did.
Levell, who has spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair, was escorted to her high school prom Friday night by Chicago Bears linebacker J.T. Thomas, a sixth-round pick in last month's draft. Thomas' 7-year-old autistic brother rides the same school bus as Levell, and word got back to J.T. Thomas that she was a big Bears fan.
Their story was told in several media outlets over the weekend, including ESPNChicago.com, the Chicago Tribune and NFL.com.
Thomas: "This is just about her being happy. Although that dance might last two or three hours, she might have something to remember for the rest of her life. Anytime you can affect someone's life positively like that, why not?"
And with that, let's start our week.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune looks at Mike Ditka's expanding coaching tree.
- Bears tight end Greg Olsen on the offense's recent workouts, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times: "We kind of said, 'If you want to be here, you'll make a way to be here, if it's important enough to you.' We had such a great turnout, and we have such a good group of guys. We don't have to beg anyone to come."
- Former Bears running back Garrett Wolfe, a pending free agent, was arrested in Miami and charged with retail theft, disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has more.
- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, another pending free agent, won his boxing debut Friday night in a unanimous decision.
- Former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke is working with a number of drafted quarterbacks this spring at the IMG Football Academy, according to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune. Vikings draft pick Christian Ponder is scheduled to join them this week.
- The Vikings' stadium issue isn't likely to be decided by Monday, assuming the state legislature goes to a special session. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com has more.
- Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that the Green Bay Packers have cut assistant coaches' pay during the lockout.
- Winning Super Bowl XLV helped the Hall of Fame chances of Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com speaks with veteran safety Erik Coleman, whom the Detroit Lions signed to compete for a starting job.
- Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News speaks with Lions quarterback Drew Stanton about the lockout.