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Former Bears hit links for alumni golf outing


More than 40 former Bears players gathered at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis., Monday for the franchise's annual alumni golf outing brought to you by Mercedes-Benz.

The group included 10 members of the 1985 Super Bowl XX championship team: Tom Andrews, Jimbo Covert, Willie Gault, Dan Hampton, Jay Hilgenberg, Jim McMahon, Emery Moorehead, Tom Thayer, Mike Tomczak and Henry Waechter.

Others in attendance included Anthony Adams, Ted Albrecht, Jim Althoff, Blake Annen, Bob Avellini, Mike Brown, James Coley, Rashied Davis, Robin Earl, Steve Edwards, Jim Grabowski, Mark Green, Roland Harper, Bruce Herron, Ike Hill, John Janata, Johnny Knox, William Knox, Glen Kozlowski, Erik Kramer, Bill Line, Brandon McGowan, Jason McKie, Ahmad Merritt, Barry Minter, Anthony Morgan, Jim Osborne, John Shannon, Quentin Smith, Bob Thomas, James Thornton, Charlie Wade and James "Big Cat" Williams.

"It was fun," Williams said. "This one was a little different than the ones in the past because there were a lot more guys in from out of town, that came in for the Bears100 [Celebration Weekend] and decided to stick around. Being able to see a guy like Mike Brown, who doesn't come in from California a lot, and Erik Kramer, it's really good to have an opportunity to see those guys and hang out with them and play a little golf."

Shannon and his partner won the two-golfer scramble, with Thornton and his partner finishing two strokes behind in second place.