Up Close and Personal: Tron LaFavor

DT Tron LaFavor is beginning his second season as a Bear. A 5th round pick in the 2003 Draft, LaFavor has both the formidable defensive skills and the speed to become an impact player in 2004.

The 6'1" 290 lb. LaFavor was born on November 27,1979, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is the son of Elloree and James LaFavor. Tron attended Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale where he was named one of the state's top defensive linemen and received prep All-America honors. As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, LaFavor was a team leader with 112 tackles (64 solos) and 3 sacks.

LaFavor spent much of last season learning the Bears system and acclimating to the NFL. He tallied two tackles in 2003 and is looking forward to adding significant numbers to that total this year. LaFavor is a talented player who has overall strength, quick reactions, excellent closing speed, and good instincts for the game. Tron has the makings of a team leader who should prosper in the redesigned Bears defense.

LaFavor shares some of his thoughts with Bear Report:

Off-season residence: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Marital status: Single

Vehicle: A Ford F-150. I love it.

Hobbies/interests: After a busy day of football, there's nothing I like better than to just sit down and relax. I like to read. It helps me chill out.

Favorite food: Chicken.

Favorite breakfast food: Pancakes, eggs, bring ‘em on.

Favorite music: I love gospel music but not any particular group's rendition. They're all good.

Favorite television show: I don't really watch any one show in particular. I do like inspirational channels. Everything there is interesting.

Favorite movie: The Passion. A moving depiction of what happened in the Bible. I didn't feel that the violence in it was at all gratuitous. After all, that's what actually happened. It is an inspirational and an emotional movie, one of the best I've ever seen.

Favorite sport other than football: Basketball

Favorite football play: That would have to be a blitz.

Early football memory: A high school game against a very tough team from Miami. We weren't expected to win and we didn't, but I made some big plays. That helped to keep us in the game all four quarters.

How's your work ethic: I always give a job everything that I have.

Who is your sports hero: Reggie White and John Randall

Closest friend on the team: Everybody on this team is my friend.

First car: My dad bought it for me when I was in college. What a wonderful gift.

First job: I filed and shredded papers in a law firm.

College major: Sociology

Who influenced you most growing up: My parents.

What are your plans after football? I've always been interested in working with children and in giving back to the community. I don't have any exact plans yet, but this is the direction I'm heading.

Any pet peeves None that I can think of.

What about your signing bonus? Any shopping sprees recently? Nope. I lead a quiet life.

What do you see for yourself as a Bear in 2004? This is such an exciting time to be a part of the team. After going through rookie year, I feel a sense of confidence that I can and will get the job done as a professional football player.

Coach Rivera and Coach Smith know what they are looking for. Having a lean body and good speed are going to be very important aspects of this revised defense. I think that I will fit in well with that plan. My weight is on target at 290. I have low body fat and excellent arm and leg strength. I'm good at getting up field and making a play.

Is there any part of your game that you are concentrating on right now? This spring, I've been working on lateral agility, on improving forward speed, and on reacting quickly to the ball. I realize that there is formidable competition at this position, but I'm feeling good about my chances. I'm a hard worker and I love the game. My goal is to be improving on a daily basis and to be a contributor to this team.

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