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Monday, January 18, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Adams' legacy

By Kevin Seifert

Sunday’s game action limited our opportunity to address the death of Chicago defensive end Gaines Adams, who was rushed to a hospital Sunday morning near his South Carolina home after going into cardiac arrest. According to the latest information, a coroner determined Adams had an enlarged heart.

Most Bears players and coaches had limited interaction with Adams, who arrived via trade in the fall. Linebacker Brian Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune: “I didn’t know him that well because he came in during the middle of the season. But I did know him. I still saw him every day when I went into work. It’s just weird. I had a teammate die when I was in college. You just don’t know how to handle it. It’s just sad, man. It’s a bad deal.”

Wrote Melissa Isaacson of ESPN Chicago: “Sadly, when anyone dies so young and so suddenly, there are going to be questions asked and answers demanded. Sad as well are the many things we never got to know about Adams simply because his play had not yet warranted a closer look.”

Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times on Adams’ transition to the Bears:

“It's difficult to join a team in the midst of a season as Adams did when the Bears traded a second-round pick in the April draft to Tampa Bay for his services. Professional football is a fierce, merciless business with intense competition for playing time. The new guy can be resented; the new guy can have a hard time making friends. But Adams managed to fit in, and there was a growing belief all he needed was playing time to prove his value on the field. Now we'll never know what might have been.”

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