Spider Bite Keeps Bears out of Super Bowl


Maybe the third time will be a charm.  Super Bowl-bound and free-agent-to-be quarterback Kurt Warner could have been a Chicago Bear way back in 1997.   Warner could be on the Bears’ radar this offseason as Jerry Angelo continues to seek an address the decades-old quest for a legitimate signal caller for the quarterback-challenged Bears.  The Beloved are no further along in settling this position than they were when Jerry took over in 2001.  

As David Haugh reminds us in his Chicago Tribune article:

As legend has it, the quarterback-cursed franchise also lost out in 1997 when Warner had to cancel a tryout with the Bears because of swelling in his right arm caused by a spider bite suffered on his honeymoon. What a tangled quarterback web the Bears have woven since then.

The Bears missed out on another opportunity in 2005, when Warner was a free agent.  The former Super Bowl winner and NFL MVP had the nerve to ask for an assurance from the Bears that he could compete for the starting job.  Not a promise of the starting job, just the opportunity to compete.  They refused because they already had Rex Grossman and would not allow anyone to compete for the starting job.  “Grossman!”  has become my equivalent to Seinfeld’s famous “Newman!” exclamation. 

Next time you ask yourself what Rex Grossman and a spider have in common, besides the creepy eyebrows, you’ve got your answer!


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  • HardHat

    You guys would have to be high if you think Warner would come to Chicago after having been insulted by Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo.

    Re-buffed because he would not be allowed to compete for the starting QB job versus the great Wrecks Grossman??!!!

    Chicago’s defense is no longer a force… and Warner’s all-world talents would be wasted on that bunch of bums.

    Sorry, but your window of opportunity has closed.

  • DJ

    I hope Grossman goes to the Vikings and scores 30+ tds next season with Berrian and make you idiots at Halas Hall and on this site realize that what the Bears do best is let the best players they every had that brought them to the super bowl go!

  • DeCon

    assuming you’re a viqueens fan, you want grossman???  you can have him…and you are calling people on this site “idiots?”

    and if you are a viqueens fan, at least the “idiots” at halas hall and on this site have a superbowl title…what are the viqueens???  like 0-4 in superbowls???  oh yeah, you guys RULE!!!

  • DeCon

    oh and if you aren’t a viquens fan, my apologies for putting you in that “boat,” even though we know it is a “love boat” where any thugs, sex addicts and white trash (J. Allen and his mullet) are welcome to climb aboard.

    where do your football allegiances lie?

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