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Jerry Angelo downplays retirement

12/11/2011 - NFL Chicago Bears

DENVER -- Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo downplayed rumors Sunday that he could retire at the conclusion of the regular season, calling them "more amusing than anything."

According to a conversation on NFL Network's Gameday Morning, there has been "persistent chatter" among NFL scouts that Angelo could retire soon.

"I don't know where that came from," Angelo said. "I've heard a lot of things worse. I think when you get to a point in your career, the thought's always going to come up. I've been in the league a long time. I enjoy what I do very much and I work with a great organization, great people. I still want to make a run at this."

Angelo said he wanted to downplay any notion of his potential retirement because "it's about us winning a football game right now. It's not a big story by any stretch of the imagination."

Angelo has been with the team since 2001, and joked that it would be more appropriate for such rumors to circulate if the Bears were coming off a winning Super Bowl.

"That would be a good question [coming off a Super Bowl]," Angelo said. "I'd like for that situation to happen. My goal right now is to win a championship. That's what I'm focused on."

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.