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Cutler's legend grows from the sidelines

When the Bears' injured field general returns, he has much to prove

Updated: December 14, 2011, 9:32 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST -- Rumor has it that the Nobel Prize panel is considering Jay Cutler as a recipient. The Presidential Medal of Freedom can't be far behind.

But really, after they write songs about you, how much better can it get?

Seldom has a football player's stock shot up higher while inactive than Cutler's has over the last year.

First there was the circling of wagons locally in the months following the NFC title game. In a classic example of "Only we can ...

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