The event many people look forward to all summer long has finally arrived. The Chicago Bears have reported to Olivet Nazarene University for their annual training camp in Bourbonnais, Illinois, which means football season is finally around the corner.
Players shuffled in and out of their vehicles and dorms as they unpacked their belongings and made themselves comfortable for their stay in Bourbonnais where the Chicago Bears will be practicing for 18 days.
The team’s first official practice on campus will be on July 26 at 3 p.m. which is not open to the public. However, moderate to die-hard fans alike will have many opportunities to catch the team do what they do best beginning on July 27.
Throughout the camp, the Bears will host many promotional events as well. Military Appreciation Day will take place on Aug. 5 while First Responders Day will take place the following day. Blue and Orange Day will take place on Aug. 10, which is the final day the public will be able to view the practice before the team packs up on Aug. 11.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky took the podium to talk to the press about what he hopes to see from this years camp, as well as what he hopes his team can accomplish in the upcoming season.
“It’s the best time of year yet again. We’re back to football and I’m back here with the boys,” he said.
“Obviously there is a lot of excitement around what we did last year. But, there’s a lot of work to do and we know what’s ahead of us. We’re just excited to get back and to see what we can accomplish this season.”
This season, Trubisky is hoping his team can meet not just their own expectations, but the fans as well.
“We put a product out on the field last year that we were proud of and we want to pick back up where we left off. But, at the same time we didn’t accomplish what we did last year because we were worried about expectations,” he said.
“So, we have to do a good job of staying focused and doing what we did last year that helped us win those games.”
Trubisky also said he and his team were excited to be back in Bourbonnais and are looking forward to their stay.
“We get to play the best game in the world on the greatest stage and and in the greatest league so there is nothing better than being back here. We call it work but we’re just out here having fun and playing the game we love.”