Coming into the 2001 season Marty Booker had 66 career receptions in two years in the league. The Bears third round choice in 1999, showed glimpses of talent during his time in Chicago, but consistency was a problem.

However, Booker rededicated himself last off-season and began a strenuous conditioning program. The, 5-foot-11 receiver played at 215 pounds in years past, but by the time he reported to Platteville he was at 205 lb.'s. Booker shed approximately 10 pounds, which may not sound like a lot, but proved to be the difference.

"(I'm) Quicker, it's helped me get from point a to point b a lot faster," Booker said during training camp. That increased speed carried him to eight touchdown receptions including a new career long 66 score against the Bucs, a game in which he found the endzone three times.

Booker assumed the leadership role in the receiving core when Bobby Engram was cut during training camp and Marcus Robinson went down with a season ending injury.

By grabbing 100 balls Booker broke Johnny Morris' 37 year old record of 93 receptions. The 25-year-old Booker looks to continue on his successes from 2001 with consistency always in mind.

"The main thing right now I just want to be consistent. If I had a big game last week I want to comeback and have another big game this week and the following week another big game, you know just keep the ball rolling."

If Booker continues to progress in 2002 the Bears could find themselves with a Pro Bowl receiver and he could find himself with a multimillion-dollar contract.

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