Our condolences to Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, whose mother passed away this week. According to an Associated Press report, Mae Smith was 77 and had long suffered from diabetes.
It's been a tough week for the extended NFC North family. Over the weekend, the father of Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill died when he fell off the roof of a barn he was working on.
Sunday, Chicago Bears vice president Tim McCaskey died of cancer.