Jerry Angelo has always commanded little respect around the league, but until this season most in the Bears family maintained their loyalty to the beleaguered general manager. That situation has apparently changed, as Angelo spent Friday night’s Soldier Field Family Night practice with a “Kick Me” sign stuck to his back.
“I was going to say something about it, then I remembered he drafted Michael Haynes and Dan Bazuin,” said linebacker Brian Urlacher. “Then I was like, ‘Hey, maybe if he didn’t trade Thomas Jones, I’d take the sign off.'”
Instead, Urlacher kicked him in the spine. After recovering from the blow, Angelo looked at Urlacher, clueless, and asked what he thought about trading Devin Hester for a new backup punter.
Head coach Lovie Smith also noticed the sign on Angelo’s back, but was unable to decide what to do next. So he just stood there staring at it.
“Maybe he put it there himself,” said Smith. “Or maybe it’s just a really big tag. Some new fashion brand or whatever.”
Eventually offensive coordinator Mike Martz removed the sign and used the back of it to draw up 11 more plays that will probably save Angelo’s job.
From the soon-to-be released August 2010 issue by George Ellis. Click here to subscribe today!