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Great names of <!--Default NodeId For Chicago is 115,2005--><A HREF=>Bears</A> past and present will unite at the Sixth Annual Fan Convention Feb. 21-23, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. The event will include over 60 current and former Bears players, an exhibit hall, seminars, autograph stages, games and more.

Bears head coach Dick Jauron and general manager Jerry Angelo will answer fans questions from the scouting combine in a special edition of Bears Insider and the Management Report on Sunday. There will be a "sneak peek" of the new Soldier Field and many fan favorite events have been planned including opening ceremonies, Bears Bingo, the youth interactive area, kids football clinics, and question and answer sessions with Bears players.

Convention hours are scheduled for 4-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, $35 for an adult weekend pass, $25 for adult Saturday only pass, $10 for children ages 12 and under while kids ages two and under will be admitted free of charge. Rooms can be booked at the Hilton Chicago for a special convention rate and ticket package by calling (312) 922-4400 with a portion of the proceeds going to Bears Care.

For more information, call the Chicago Bears at (847) 295-6600.The following Bears are scheduled to appear at the Convention:

Current Players (31) as of Feb. 14, 2003
Jerry Azumah, Marty Booker, Alex Brown, Mike Brown, Mike Caldwell, Marc Colombo, Steve Edwards, Jamin Elliott, Mike Gandy, John Gilmore, Bobby Gray, Mike Green, Bobbie Howard, Bryan Knight, Dustin Lyman, Patrick Mannelly, Brad Maynard, R.W. McQuarters, Ahmad Merritt, Terrence Metcalf, Adrian Peterson, Bernard Robertson, Bobby Setzer, John Stamper, Joe Tafoya, Anthony Thomas*+, Rex Tucker, Brian Urlacher*+, Ted Washington, Dez White and Roosevelt Williams.

Former Players (31) as of Feb. 14, 2003
Brian Baschnagel, Doug Buffone, Ronnie Bull, Mark Carrier, Rick Casares, Craig Clemons, Jim Covert, Wendell Davis, Mike Ditka*, Bobby Douglass, Dan Hampton*, Roland Harper, Al Harris, Raymont Harris, Mike Hartenstine, Stan Jones, Glen Kozlowski, Dennis McKinnon, Steve McMichael, Emery Moorehead, Jim Morrissey, Jim Osborne, Thomas Sanders, Gale Sayers, Revie Sorey, Ed Sprinkle, Tom Thayer, Bob Thomas, Tom Waddle, Bill Wade and Donnell Woolford.

* Friday only
+ Kids only

Friday, February 21, 2003
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Grand Ballroom
The 6th Annual Fan Convention kicks off with Opening Ceremonies, a video presentation and player introductions of Bears past & present.

8:30PM - 10:00PM BEARS BINGO
Northwest Hall
Play to win prizes including Chicago Bears apparel and autographed memorabilia. Be sure to pick up your bingo card and chips at the Northwest Hall entrance. Limited space available.

Take advantage of this special "Kids Only" autograph session with two of your favorite Bears players...Who are the players? You'll have to wait and see! Kids 2-12 only. The location will be revealed at the Opening Ceremonies!

Saturday, February 22, 2003
Be sure to check the designated autograph areas for signing updates. Each session will be limited to the first 350 fans (unless noted). Players and times are subject to change without notice.

9:00AM - 10:00AM BEARS MANAGEMENT REPORT-hosted by WBBM Radio HostHub Arkush Williford A, B and C (3rd floor)
Join Hub Arkush, Bears radio color analyst and President and CEO Ted Phillips as they answer questions about the Bears storied past and the upcoming season.

10:30AM - 11:30AM NEW STADIUM SNEAK PEAK-hosted by Hub Arkush Williford A, B and C (3rd floor)
Get a chance to speak with Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips, architects and stadium representatives. They'll answer questions regarding the '03 inaugural season in the new Soldier Field. Also, check out a virtual tour of the new stadium.

11:00AM - 12:00PM Q & A WITH CONNIE PAYTON-hosted by Jeff Joniak Astoria (3rd Floor)
Talk to the wife of former Bears great Walter Payton. Hear stories of the past and have a chance to ask Connie about her life with Walter and her charitable efforts.

11:30AM - 1:00PM BREAKING DOWN THE GAME-hosted by Tom Thayer Williford A, B and C (3rd floor)
This new seminar will feature a round-table chat and video breakdown session with several alumni players.

12:00PM - 9:30PM BEARS THEATER-Astoria (3rd Floor)
Enjoy the Bears' video collection including Super Bowl XX, the "Fog Bowl" and some of the great games in recent Bears history.

1:30PM - 3:00PM DRAFT DAY 2003-Continental Room (Lobby Level) hosted by Jeff Joniak
Join Hub Arkush, Tom Thayer and Jeff Joniak of Bears Radio WBBM 780 and a few of the area's football experts as they discuss the NFL Draft.

3:00PM - 4:00PM FOOTBALL TALES-hosted by Tom Thayer & Jeff Joniak Continental Room (Lobby level)
Join Bears alumni as they entertain you with stories from their NFL days dating back to the '40s.

1:00PM - 4:00PM VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE KIDS ONLY! -Boulevard Room (2nd Floor)
Kids, here is your chance to test your skills against Bears players in your favorite NFL video games! Limited space available.

2:00PM - 3:00PM ATHLETICO NUTRITION SESSION-International Ballroom (2nd Floor)
Learn what it takes to diet like a NFL football player and understand the importance of nutrition.

3:30PM - 4:30PM EARNING THEIR STRIPES-Williford A, B, and C (3rd floor)
Join Director of NFL Officiating Mike Pereira and find out what it takes to be an NFL official. Review actual plays on the NFL instant replay machine and you make the call.

4:30PM - 5:30PM FOR KIDS ONLY Q & A-hosted by Jeff Joniak International Ballroom (2nd Floor)
Here is your chance to ask questions of a Chicago Bear! Open to Kids 12 & under. (Parents may accompany child).

4:30PM - 5:30PM BEARS Q & A-hosted by Hub Arkush-Williford A, B and C (3rd floor)
Fans, the floor is yours to ask questions of Bears players about the season, the life of a NFL player and off-season workouts.

5:30PM - 6:30PM GAME TIME EQUIPMENT SEMINAR-Williford A, B and C (3rd floor)
Meet top NFL Equipment Manager Tony Medlin and his staff as they demonstrate how to suit up the Bears for the season.

7:30PM - 11:00PM BEARS DISC JOCKEY HOUR-Northwest Hall (Lower Level)
Bears Fans, check out the special guest Bears DJ from 7:30PM - 8:30PM! Following will be a Karaoke party where fans will have the opportunity to get up on stage and sing their favorite song.

Sunday, February 23, 2003 9:00AM - 1:00PM AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
Be sure to check the information booth in the lower lobby for player autograph schedules.

9:00AM - 1:00PM BEARS THEATER-Astoria (3rd Floor)
Last call to watch your favorite Bears games on the big screen!

11:00AM - 12:00PM BEARS INSIDER WITH DICK JAURON & BEARS MANAGEMENT REPORT WITH JERRY ANGELO hosted by Hub Arkush-Williford A, B and C (3rd floor)
Coach Dick Jauron and GM Jerry Angelo will take your questions and provide insight from the NFL Scouting Combine.

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