As the Bears approach the close of the 2010 season, many players are reflected on changes in the past year. Key off-season free agent acquisition Julius Peppers has been an anchor of one of the toughest defenses in the league, but the lucrative contract-signing came one critical mistake for the North Carolina native who was forced to leave his favorite barbecue restaurants behind in the Carolinas.
“I wish I would have thought a little longer before signing my contract,” said Peppers. “A big part of me would rather be on the Panthers with a 2-12 record than eat crappy barbeque with one of the best teams in the NFC. I’m very concerned about my own health and the future of the Chicago Bears, but most importantly the citizens of Chicago who have to eat this shit.”
Peppers estimates he’ll lose 25 pounds a year for life of his six-year Bears contract if remains denied Carolina barbecue and is instead subjected to the Chicago variety.
“This is a very serious matter that we’re looking into,” said coach Lovie Smith. “We’ve been negotiating with local restaurants on the creation of an initiative called ‘Save Sgt. Peppers’ to improve the city barbeque standards. Even if I have to cook the barbecue myself, Julius Peppers will survive and carry this team to victory for years to come.”
By Morgann Spicer