Player Profile: Roberto Garza

The Bears made a major commitment to Roberto Garza at the end of the regular season, with a six-year contract extension that could be worth upwards of $13 million. Get to know the versatile offensive lineman away from the field.

Garza enters his sixth year in the league, appearing in 68 career games with 38 starts. The six-foot-2, 300-pounder is the favorite to win the starting right guard heading into training camp. He will have to compete with Terrence Metcalf, who started 13 games at the position last season but was hampered down the stretch by injury.

Between left and right guard, Garza started seven games in his first season with the Bears. Despite playing without cartilage in his right knee from a previous injury, he made enough of an impression on the coaching staff to be given a long-term deal. He'll have to prove he can stay healthy. He's never started all 16 games in a campaign.

Garza originally entered the league as a fourth round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. At 27, he's the youngest member of the starting offensive line, which has three members over the age of 30.

College: Texas A&M-Kingsville

Major: Kinesiology

What other sports do you play other than football: Shot put

What's your favorite food: fajitas

What's your favorite TV show: The Sopranos

What's your favorite video game: Madden NFL

What's your first football memory: Going out on the field for the first time when I was in seventh grade. I couldn't wait to get in that game. It went well because I was a lot bigger than most of the other guys.

Who were your mentors growing up: My parents and my coaches.

Have you thought about what you plan to do after football: I'm not sure yet but I've been considering going into some type of social work.

What was your first car: 1984 Ford F150.

What was your first job: I was janitor at the Houston Sports Complex.

Do you have any advice for high school or college players who want to make it to the pros: Don't forget the value of hard work. You have to give it all you've got every single day. Develop your character. You not only want to do well, you want to do it the right way.


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