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Who will be Urlacher's HOF presenter?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Has Brian Urlacher said anything about who he is going to choose as his official presenter at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony?

Roger T.
Oak Forest, Illinois

Brian Urlacher said during a recent radio interview that he will choose his presenter from three former coaches: Lovie Smith, Bob Babich and Greg Blache. Smith served as Bears head coach for nine seasons from 2004-12. Babich worked on Smith’s staff for his entire tenure in Chicago, mostly as linebackers coach but also as defensive coordinator from 2007-09. Blache served as Bears defensive coordinator for five seasons from 1999-2003 under head coach Dick Jauron.

I saw the video of you in Brian Urlacher’s hotel room when he found out he was voted into the Hall of Fame. What was that experience like? Was he nervous?

Paul K.
Bloomington, Illinois

It was a very humbling and amazing experience and I’m very grateful and thankful to Brian for allowing me to be there with him and his family. It was a standard hotel room, so it was pretty cramped. Brian was there with his wife, three children, agent and two friends. I was in there for about two hours with our cameraman, while our social media director and photographer were out in the hallway. Brian seemed pretty relaxed most of the time, watching a golf tournament on TV and chatting with everyone in the room. He was very welcoming to me and our cameraman. It seemed like Brian started to get nervous about 15 minutes before Hall of Fame president David Baker knocked at his door. I’ll never forget the look of excitement, joy and relief on Brian’s face after he spoke to Baker, closed the door and turned back to celebrate with his family and friends. It was truly an unforgettable moment.

When will the Bears start training camp this summer?

Dave C.
Munster, Indiana

The Bears have not yet announced dates for training camp. But given that NFL teams are allowed to report 15 days before their first preseason game, the Bears will be permitted to begin camp in Bourbonnais July 18 based on the fact that they will play in the Hall of Fame Game Aug. 2. When the camp date is confirmed, I will report it on ChicagoBears.com.

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