Bears Thankful on Thanksgiving

Bears fans have a lot to be thankful for this season. They may be 9-1 and atop the NFC, but the players look forward to Thanksgiving just like all of us. Israel Idonije, Rashied Davis, Robbie Gould, Leon Joe, Dusty Dvoracek, Cameron Worrell, Patrick Mannelly, J.D. Runnels, Jason McKie, and Chris Harris tell Bear Report what they are thankful for on this special holiday.

Defensive end Israel Idonije
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"My family. They're the reason I'm here and I've been so successful. So I'm most thankful for my family and how they're a constant blessing in my life."

On what he'll miss the most on this holiday:
"I'm not going to spend it with my family because they're all in Canada. They're all coming down here for Christmas. I'll talk to my family on the phone. ‘Happy Thanksgiving' and all that good stuff. But it would be great if they could be here."

Wide receiver Rashied Davis
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"I'm thankful to be alive. For my career."

On having to work on Thanksgiving day:
"There's a lot of people that have to work [on Thanksgiving]. At least we enjoy what we do. The world has to keep moving, so we're not the only ones that have to work."

Kicker Robbie Gould
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"Just my family. Being healthy and everyone not being sick or having any health problems. And really, just the people around me. My friends and family will able to share a great Thanksgiving and a holiday. And the Bears being 9-1."

On whether he minds having to practice on holidays:
"I think if you look at any holiday for us, we're always practicing or playing on the holiday. So you come in, you gotta do your work, get that done and focus on that. And then you get a chance to go and enjoy the rest of the holiday with your family."

Linebacker Leon Joe
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"I have so much. I don't know if I can pinpoint one thing. I guess life. Everything right now is good for me. Life."

On whether he's upset he won't see his family:
"No, I guess you kind of get used to it after playing year after year. But still, you take time out to think about how blessed you are and how thankful how you should be."

Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"I think I'm just thankful for getting the opportunity to be here. Play in the NFL and be with the best team in the NFL. Being in a city like Chicago, you couldn't ask for much more. It's pretty special."

On who he'll get to spend the holiday with:
"My dad came up here this year, so this is the first time he won't spend Thanksgiving with my grandmother ever. So she might be a little bit of a wreck."

Safety Cameron Worrell
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"I had a healthy baby girl last June. She's developing great. I have a little family now, so I'm thankful for all of that."

On if he wishes he could celebrate like a regular family:
"Not really. Obviously we can't leave the area. But guys like myself who have family in this area, we got off at 12:30 [on Thanksgiving], so we still have the majority of the day to spend with the family, have dinner, watch football, do all the things that you would normally do. Just a little later maybe."

Long-snapper Patrick Mannelly
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"This season. Having a winning year. In the nine years I've been here, we haven't had many of these, so I'm getting to enjoy this a whole lot."

On who he'd most like to see this holiday:
"My brother and his kids and his family. They live in Atlanta, but my Mom and Dad are coming up. I don't get to see them as much as I'd like to."

Fullback J.D. Runnels
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"I'm thankful for family. It's a very, very strong word because you can say this family, you can say any family. But I'm just thankful for family."

On whether being an athlete makes it tougher to celebrate:
"No, it actually makes it a little bit easier. Because I think, when you're on this level, everybody knows that you make a lot of money, which enables you to have family around. I also believe that there are sentimental things, especially with football on Thanksgiving and football on Christmas day, certain things like that that can definitely bring family together. So I think nobody in this locker room looks at it as a negative."

Fullback Jason McKie
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"I'm thankful for my family, man. A brand new son, it's going to be his first Thanksgiving. I'm just thankful for my family, always there supporting me. I'm just thankful that I'm able to be involved in a job that I always wanted to do. I'm just thankful for so many things. There's a lot of people out there less fortunate than we are. Just thankful to be in the position I am now."

On the pros and cons of being an athlete on holidays:
"It's good and bad. It's good because you're doing something you love. It's bad because you don't get that traditional, genuine holiday as other people would. But family, they understand that. They know you've got a job to do. We do get so spend a little bit of time with them. It's not like you're not going to see them at all. It's good and bad."

Safety Chris Harris
On what he's most thankful for this Thanksgiving:
"I'm thankful for that little girl right there, my daughter. My family of course. For me being able to play this beautiful sport. I think that's what I'm most thankful for."

On whether it's hard to be away from his loved ones:
"Of course, you want to be with your family on Thanksgiving. But that's the path I chose, the path we chose. We don't get off, get breaks like that. That's for the offseason. That's the only break we have. It's difficult, but that's what we chose, so we can't complain."


We at Bear Report and the entire Scout Network would like to wish each and every one of our readers a safe and joyous Thanksgiving holiday.

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