Meet the Rookies
Meet the Rookies
Roschon Johnson | Meet the Rookies
Jul 24, 2023
Roschon Johnson, an impressive All-American quarterback during his high school years, made a transition to the running back position as a freshman at the University of Texas. Despite the presence of star running back Bijan Robinson, Johnson's unwavering dedication to the team motivated him to remain with the Longhorns. Thanks to his versatility and determination, Johnson is poised to become an contributor for the Bears during his rookie season.
Zacch Pickens | Meet the Rookies
Jul 18, 2023
From a small town of Anderson, S.C., Zacch Pickens was drafted out of the University of South Carolina in the third round. Raised by a determined single mother, Zacch's journey is deeply influenced by her unwavering support and sacrifices, which have played a pivotal role in shaping him into the humble and tenacious individual we see today. Their enduring bond and the values instilled during his upbringing have served as the foundation for Zacch's character, driving him to overcome challenges and ultimately achieve his dream of making it to the NFL.
Gervon Dexter Sr. | Meet the Rookies
Jul 11, 2023
Gervon Dexter Sr., an impressive talent drafted in the second round from the University of Florida, brings a level of athleticism that serves as a crucial addition to the Bears' defensive line. During his formative years at Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Florida, Dexter primarily focused on basketball, showcasing his skills on both the school team and a travel team that included the current NBA power forward for the Toronto Raptors, Scottie Barnes. However, it was in his final two years in high school that Dexter made the transition to football, embarking on a path that led him to the NFL.
Kyler Gordon | Meet the Rookies
Jul 21, 2022
Kyler Gordon earned the nickname "Mr. Spotlight" at an early age after surpassing all ceilings in competitive dance and Kung Fu, but the pressure of being on the stage by himself pushed him to explore other sports eventually leading him to a football field. Before he was a Chicago Bear, Washington Husky, or All-Pac 12 corner, his determination to excel carved out a legacy that is still being admired today.
Jaquan Brisker | Meet the Rookies
Jul 20, 2022
A bond formed through devastating loss and hard work drove Jaquan Brisker out of his circumstances and onto the field of Penn State University. Although he took an unconventional route to the Nittany Lions football program—making a stop at Lackawanna College along the way—his hard work and determination kept him competing at a high level. The Bears' newest safety brings excellent instincts and a ball-hawking ability that is capable of putting on a show come gameday.
Velus Jones Jr. | Meet the Rookies
Jul 19, 2022
Velus Jones' path to the NFL was anything but ordinary. He played six seasons of college football—starting at USC and finishing at Tennessee—and ended his collegiate career as one of the most improved players in the nation. Despite coming into the NFL at 25 years old, Jones, with his rare combination of size and speed, is determined to prove that his age is irrelevant by staying true to the mantra "Head up, faith strong."
Justin Fields Meet The Rookies
Jul 22, 2021
Justin Fields has been showered with honors throughout his football career, but the quarterback is nowhere near satisfied. From his time being followed by the documentary series "QB1: Beyond the Lights" as a senior in high school, Fields has constantly been in the spotlight and now, he is in Chicago as the newest first-round draft choice of the Bears.
Teven Jenkins Meet The Rookies
Jul 20, 2021
Learn more about Bears rookie offensive lineman Teven Jenkins, who has a reputation for being nasty. The six-foot-six, 320-pound offensive tackle from Oklahoma State describes his ability to "flip the switch" from his self-proclaimed goofy off-field persona to his tone-setting "controlled aggression" on the field and reveals how his late mother motivates him today.
Meet the Rookies 2021 Trailer
Jul 19, 2021
The Chicago Bears will launch their three-part documentary series "Meet the Rookies" brought to you by Dr Pepper Zero Sugar on Tuesday, featuring behind-the-scenes footage with offensive lineman Teven Jenkins, running back Khalil Herbert and quarterback Justin Fields. The series tells the story of each player's journey to the National Football League in their own words. This marks the seventh year of the Bears "Meet the Rookies" series. From Tuesday through Thursday, one episode will be released per day at 8 a.m.
Meet the Rookies: James Daniels
Jun 28, 2018
Growing up in Warren, Ohio, with a dad who played football at Ohio State University, becoming a Buckeye seems like a natural fit, but not for James Daniels. Daniels committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes as a four-star recruit to play alongside his big brother. His versatility as an offensive lineman and controlled movements as a run blocker caught the attention of NFL scouts. One thing he couldn't control was his emotions when the Bears called Daniels in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft.
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Meet the Rookies: Roquan Smith
Jun 25, 2018
Head to Macon County, Ga to learn more about Roquan Smith. Nearly 900 miles from Chicago, viewers will find the same hard-nosed, blue-collared work ethic that Bears fans take so much pride in. With a population of 3,500 people, the small town of Montezuma, Ga., produced the Bears' top draft pick.
Meet The Rookies: Tarik Cohen
Sep 13, 2017
Tarik Cohen burst from the tiny hamlet of Bunn, N.C., and arrived at Halas Hall as a fourth-round Draft pick. The shifty running back explains why the one college scholarship offer he received was enough and how he thrives on the doubts of others. His mother and college position coach reveal exactly how long his odds seemed and how belief can change everything.
Meet The Rookies: Adam Shaheen
Jun 22, 2017
Once an accomplished small college basketball player, Adam Shaheen explains what led him to abandon that plan and not only change schools, but shift his athletic pursuits entirely. It's a long road from Division II to the NFL and a former coach backs up why he always believed it was a path the Bears second-round Draft pick could successfully travel.
Meet The Rookies: Rashaad Coward
Jun 19, 2017
Rashaad Coward details the hardships and hurdles he encountered not only playing football, but simply growing up in the urban hub of Brooklyn, N.Y. Former coaches detail how Coward focused his attention and energy on football to escape the inner city and earn an NFL opportunity.
Trailer: Meet the Rookies 2017
Jun 18, 2017
Meet the Rookies showcases personal profiles of four members of the Chicago Bears 2017 rookie class (Mitchell Trubisky, Adam Shaheen, Tarik Cohen and Rashaad Coward) as they each take their first steps toward establishing an NFL career. Meet the Rookies is produced by the Chicago Bears Network and hosted by Jeff Joniak.