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Todd Sauerbrun was the <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=http://bears.TheInsiders.com>Chicago</A> Bears 2nd-round pick in 1995 and had rocky career in Chicago. His brash attitude didn't go with his less than stellar play on the field, but he's rebounded in <!--Default NodeId For Carolina is 119,2005--><A HREF=http://panthers.TheInsiders.com>Carolina</A> to become the best punter in the game.

Thoughts on facing your old team...
"I'm looking forward to it. I spend my off-season in Chicago and I love the city, I really do. I'm looking forward to it, but you know what? I'm treating it like every other game I'm going to go out there and do what I do and give it my all, give them everything I got. I have a lot of respect for any team we play now. The competition is so tight nowadays it's just another game for me, but it just happens to be Chicago. I have not played the Bears since I've not been there, but it should be fun because I do know a lot of the guys and I'll be looking forward to seeing them again.

You had said that the Bears were just a fluke last year. Do you still believe that?
"I don't know you tell me. What do you think? I think they caught a lot of breaks, lets put it that way, last year. But they have got a lot of injuries. That's haunting them so I think that's hurting them big time this year. I wish we could have caught some of the breaks they had last year because the breaks they got, we didn't get. We were in at least 80 percent of the games last year our whole season long and we lost them and they won them."

Isn't it human nature to show Chicago they made a mistake?
"I hope they feel that way. I miss the city but I'm having a lot of success here in Charlotte. The people are great and this is a great organization and I'm very happy here and hopefully I'm going to stay here for a long time."

Should you set the benchmark for punter contracts?
"Yeah, that is an option but what I'm hearing right now is they have a franchise tag and it kind of looks like it has my name on it."

Would getting the franchise tag upset you at all?
"Of course it will. I'm not going to be happy about it. It's still not bad; you know what I mean. It's a job; it's great money. It's not what I particularly want but eventually it'll happen. They're just doing business as a business would do."

How have you reached an elite level in Carolina?
A lot has to do with our special teams coach (Scott O'Brien). He's extremely tough on me and stays on me everyday and really, really defines the details in the kicking aspect of it. It's like having a personal trainer out there every day and this guy just pushes me and pushes me and gets more than I can even dish out. He just pushes me to the limit every single day, day in and day out. He's one of the premier special teams coaches in the league today and I pretty much have him to thank for it.

Good or bad memories of playing in Chicago?
"A little bit of both. But I love Chicago, man, it's a great city, it's a great place to be. I'm there in the off-season I spend my whole off-season there. They re-gutted their whole program; they made a lot of changes for the better. I think they really made some big strides."


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