The Bears will launch their three-part documentary series “Meet the Rookies” next week, highlighted by behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews.
The featured rookies this year are third-round running back David Montgomery, fourth-round receiver Riley Ridley and undrafted tight end Dax Raymond.
The series tells the story of each player’s journey to the NFL in their own words. This marks the fifth year of the Bears’ “Meet the Rookies” series.
From Tuesday through Thursday, one episode will be released per day at 7 p.m. (CT) on ChicagoBears.com, the free Chicago Bears Official App brought to you by Verizon and Bears social media channels, including YouTube.
The series will culminate with a 30-minute special hosted by Bears radio play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak consisting of all three episodes on WFLD FOX 32 on Sunday, June 30, at 10:35 p.m. (CT).
Riley will be featured on Tuesday. In “Meet the Rookies,” the Georgia product discusses the impact his mother had on his life, the importance of his family and what type of player he is.
“The Chicago Bears are getting a guy that’s going to work hard,” Ridley says. “I’m going to be my own biggest critic. I’m going to try to make other guys improve in their game as best as I can. I’m trying to learn, learn, learn as much as I can.”
Raymond will be featured Wednesday. In his piece, the Utah State product describes the two-year mission he served in Russia between high school and college.
“I would not be at this point in my life if it wasn’t for my mission,” Raymond said. “Leaving your family, your friends, football for two years … you forget your first name. You’re just [focused on], ‘What can I do to help others?’ When I got home I had a different work ethic and a different mindset that really just changed me.”
Montgomery will be featured Thursday. In his episode, the former Iowa State star details why his difficult upbringing in Cincinnati drives him to succeed.
“I love this game so much, but if it hadn’t been for what I went through, I probably wouldn’t be playing,” Montgomery said.