Highlights from Media Day

On a beautiful day in Miami, the Bears said hello to the press from all over the world. It was Media Day at Dolphin Stadium on Tuesday, and every player from superstar to practice-squader was available to talk about everything from Super Bowl XLI to their favorite color. It was quite a scene as usual, and Bear Report was there to give you the highlights.

C Olin Kreutz
On whether he would consider wrestling or ultimate fighting after his NFL career:
"No, no. When football is over, I just want to be able to walk. I don't know what I'll be doing. I'll end my career and then decide."

DE Alex Brown
On the recent athletics success at his alma mater, the University of Florida:
"It's been great. We won basketball. We won football. It's been a great year. We have a lot of Gators on this team, and hopefully we can win the Super Bowl. That will, I guess, solidify the year for the Gators. It's been unbelievable."

QB Brian Griese
On whether the media's treatment of Rex Grossman has been fair:
"Well, quarterbacks are going to face scrutiny. It really doesn't matter who they are, and it's not about fair or unfair. It's just the way it is. Some of the criticism, I think, may have been unwarranted, but when you have some great games like he had, you're going to face that. But he came back from each of those situations and played well. That's really all that matters."

CB Charles Tillman
On how is preparing to face Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning:
"When facing Peyton, you just have to continue doing what you do. You have to continue to do what you have done all season. We don't want Peyton dictating what we do. It doesn't affect what we do. That's how we've been successful. Go out and play fast, play hard, and play physical."

K Robbie Gould
On the possibility of kicking a game-winning field goal in the Super Bowl:
"You just have to know that it could come down to that. As a kicker, you live for that moment. You live for that dream. It's the biggest there is. If it comes down to that, you've got to be ready for it."

LB Hunter Hillenmeyer
On if he would be in the NFL had he gone to Princeton, his second choice:
"Probably not. Obviously, there are guys who have made it. There are a couple of good tight ends in the league who went to an Ivy League school, but you have to be so dominant there just to distinguish yourself against a lower caliber of competition. There are probably a lot of guys who would have developed their game had they played against SEC-caliber athletes every week, but instead, they probably just fell through the cracks."

LB Lance Briggs
On whether he thinks about the Super Bowl being his last game as a Bear:
"Sometimes I think about it. You never know. Things may happen after the season. We haven't really talked, so after the season, we'll see what happens conract-wise. But what better place to end it all than the Super Bowl?"

CB Devin Hester
On him getting to play in the Super Bowl back in Miami:
"It does make it special. This is my first NFL game played back at home, but it's also the Super Bowl. It can't get any better than that. It's great to have a lot of fan base here, as well as coming from Chicago and the University of Miami and my family. I just want to go out this week and contribute and come out the victors. Being back here, I get a little homesick. This is the first time I've been here since football season started, and I have a little ways to go still. But it feels good. There's no place like home."

DE Adewale Ogunleye
On whether he ever saw the Colts while playing at Indiana University:
"No, I didn't get to go. But just being in Indiana, you become a fan of many sports teams. I was a fan of the Pacers while I was there and the Colts. To play against Coach [Tony] Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts, it brings back some memories."

DT Tank Johnson
On whether he has any regrets about his recent troubles with the law:
"That I let the organization down. I hate the fact that I let the organization down. They took me in 2004. I hate that. Everything else I put in God's hands. It doesn't do me any good to regret it now."

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P Brad Maynard
On the value of also being the holder on field goals and extra points:
"It's not something that I take for granted. I think some people do take it for granted at times. I think people understand the importance of it, but it's taken for granted until something like the Tony Romo incident takes place. It's not underappreciated."

S Chris Harris
On being fashionable and what he's going to wear on Super Bowl Sunday:
"I can't reveal it right now. Stay tuned. I'm coming with something fly. It's Super Bowl Sunday. Who doesn't watch it? Everybody's watching."

DE Mark Anderson
On how long it took before he felt like he could play on the NFL level:
"Coming in for rookie training camp after the draft, I knew I had to just help myself to get on the team. I just needed the motivation to come in there and make an impact in some kind of way. Once I did that, once I made the team, that's when I knew that I was playing in the NFL."

CB Nathan Vasher
On how exciting the Super Bowl experience has been for his mother:
"She'll be watching. She's not able to come, but she'll be watching at home. She's called me already twice today to figure out what's been going on. It's definitely a blessing for my family."

OG Ruben Brown
On coming to Chicago after spending so much of his career in Buffalo:
"It was time for me to go. They were moving in a different direction, and I wasn't in their plans. It happens all around the league. Every year, it's going to happen. It's going to happen this year for somebody else. I'm fortunate. I didn't want to leave. It was time, but I'm very happy I ended up [in Chicago]."

WR Bernard Berrian
On whether or not Oprah Winfrey has called to have him on her show:
"No, she hasn't. I definitely think she's dodging me right now."

S Danieal Manning
On what his Media Day experience has been like so far:
"It is wild like a circus here, and it is a great feeling because this is what I have dreamed about. And I am having fun and enjoying it."

RB Thomas Jones
On whether he feels teams need two running backs in today's NFL:
"It's definitely an asset to your team. The more good players you have on your team, the better off your team is going to be. There's just more guys that can make plays. Whether it's running back, whether it's receiver, whether it's linebackers - whatever position it is, if you have two guys, that's going to be better for your football team."

LB Brian Urlacher
On whether or not he's thought about being named Super Bowl MVP:
"It would be great because it would probably mean we won the game. That's the number one thing. If I won it, it would be nice. But as long as someone on my team won it, it would be even better because that probably means we would win the game."

JC


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