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Trubisky humbled to make Bears history


Team success is all that matters to Mitchell Trubisky, but the young quarterback certainly appreciates the history he made in Sunday's 48-10 win over the Buccaneers.

The second-year pro became the first player in Bears history to throw five touchdown passes in a half and only the third with six TD passes in a game.

The others to accomplish that feat were Hall of Famer Sid Luckman with seven touchdown passes Nov. 14, 1943 in a 56-7 win over the New York Giants and Johnny Lujack with six Dec. 11, 1949 in a 52-21 victory over the Chicago Cardinals.

"It's very humbling because you know the history of the Bears and how many great players have come through this organization," Trubisky said.

"For me, I'm out there pulling for my teammates and the amazing fans who show up every day, and it was awesome to have my family [at the game] as well. It was a special day all the way around. I realize how special this organization is, and it's awesome to make history and be a part of it."

Before Sunday, no Bears quarterback had thrown for five or more touchdowns in a game since Lujack 69 years ago. In addition, Trubisky's 154.6 passer rating was the best by a Bears signal-caller since Vince Evans posted a perfect 158.3 rating Dec. 7, 1980 in a 61-7 drubbing of the Packers at Soldier Field.

In completing 19 of 26 passes for a career-high 354 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions, Trubisky raised his season passer rating from 77.8 to 101.6.

"I want him individually just to understand that this is growth for him," said coach Matt Nagy, "that you can see what can happen in this offense and how you can make this offense greater than it's ever been. That's more important than anything, is that you're a huge part of this, and the guys around you, everybody, we're all working together, and this is what you can get."

Moving forward, Nagy is hoping that Trubisky is able to build off his stellar performance.

"The confidence can grow; it will get a lot higher now when you do this," Nagy said. "You protect the football. You throw touchdowns. You're efficient with your play calls in and out of the huddle. What that does is you start seeing kind of the system and how it works and how you fit and how we fit together with them. He's going to feel very confident going [forward].

"This [was] a big day for him, and hopefully this is a day where we look back down the road here and say, 'You remember that day where he had that great game, and it helped catapult him into being a great quarterback.'"

Trubisky and the offense seemed to be on the verge of a breakout performance, but few anticipated what transpired Sunday. The Bears stormed to 38-3 halftime lead, accumulating the third-most points in a first half in franchise history while amassing 400 total yards in the first two quarters.

They needed just two third-down plays on six touchdown drives, scoring in an elapsed 2:40, 3:34, 2;34, 1:46, 3:12 and 0:37. The 48 points were the most the Bears have tallied in a game in which they didn't score a touchdown on defense or special teams since 1962.

Heading into the bye week, Trubisky is hopeful that he and the Bears offense will be able to pick up Oct. 14 in Miami where they left off against Tampa Bay.

"Hopefully, this will be something I can look back on and say this is where it all started," Trubisky said. "We've got to continue to work hard and stay together, and the sky's the limit for this team. We've got to be smart over the bye week—take care of our bodies—and come hungry to work next week, and keep it rolling."