As the Bears make their final preparations for training camp, news out of Halas Hall is on the slow side. So in the meantime, we catch up with former Bears, including a player the team cut last month.
Autry Denson (RB 2001) lives in Coconut Creek, Fla., with his wife Elaine and their three children. He works as a mortgage consultant for HomeBanc Mortgage Crop., and serves on the board of the Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to eradicate illiteracy among inner-city youth.
Added to the team just before the start of the season, Denson became the Bears kick returner. He led the team with 23 attempts for 534 yards. He also had one carry for four yards. However, his fumble in the playoff loss to the Eagles is what he's best remembered for.
After Philadelphia extended their lead to 23-17, Denson fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Eagles converted the turnover into a field goal. The Bears went onto lose 33-19.
Dave Krieg (QB 1996) lives in Phoenix, Ariz., and works primarily as a motivational speaker. Krieg has two teenage children and a four-year old daughter. He holds an annual bowling tournament to benefit the Wausau (Wisc.0 Health Foundation. His hobbies include deer hunting, snowmobiling, fishing and playing golf.
In his only season with the Bears, Krieg went 6-6 in 12 twelve starts. He led the Bears in every major passing category. He finished the season completing 226 of 377 pass attempts for 2,278 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Ken Taylor (CB 1985) only season with the Bears saw him leave with a Super Bowl ring. During the regular season, he had three interceptions, while averaging 7.9 yards on 25 punts returns.
Taylor now resides in Portland, where he formed Athletes in Training, a comprehensive training program designed to maximize performance in school aged multi-sport athletes. He has worked with over 5,000 athletes since 1988.
The Bears cut linebacker T.J. Hollowell on June 16. On Monday he signed a two-year with the Denver Broncos.
After stints on the 53-man rosters of the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets last season, the six-foot, 235-pounder spent the final five weeks of the campaign on the Bears' practice squad.