Keen Observers

The Bears had a couple of former players checking out practice earlier this week in Bourbonnais.

One preferred to avoid contact, while the other knows quite a bit about knocking heads in the trenches-- Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers and former guard Revie Sorey.

Sayers, one of the most storied running backs in NFL history, played for the Bears from 1965-71. Sorey played for the Bears for eight seasons.

Sayers, the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1965, scored an NFL-record six touchdowns in one game and is a member of the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Sayers knows that with a tougher schedule and no games in Chicago, it's not going to be easy for the Bears to match last year's success.

"It's going to be difficult for them," Sayers said. "I think that 10-6, with that schedule and playing all away games (home games in Champaign), would make me very, very happy."

Sorey and his family now live in Glen Ellyn, Ill and brought his 10-year-old son, Revie Sorey III, to Bears camp to check out dad's old line of work.

"Training camp was always the toughest time," said Sorey, who started at guard in 1975, blocked for Walter Payton and saw action in the NFL playoffs. "I just wanted to see if they were going to be for real. I have a son that's going to be starting football pretty soon and I wanted him to see how exciting this is."

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