Mike Tice Gets Lucky and Generous


Aug 13, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) talks with offensive line coach Mike Tice during the second half of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field. The Bears defeated the Bills 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Former Chicago Bears OC had seemingly faded into the sunset after not being retained with the Chicago Bears.  However, he has recently been in the news after winning more than $100,000 for a recent Pick-6 bet on horseracing.  Described as the “excitement” of his life, Tice surprised many when he said he planned to give away all his winnings.  It was not that he was so philanthropic that was surprising, but who he decided to give the money to.

“Diane and discussed what we might do with the money, given all the free time I have,” said an elated Tice.  “But I figured the best use of the money was to right some wrongs in my life.”

Tice the described, ad naseum his plans to use the majority of the money, $75,000 in fact, as reparations towards current Bears QB, Jay Cutler.

“I tell you what, I inflicted so much pain on that kid with my inability to call plays, and he has a family now, so I need to give a large chunk to him as a, what do you call it, mea culpa?” stated Tice.

Cutler didn’t seem to really care about Tice’s olive branch.

Cutler said, “You know, I am trying to get ready for the season, so I don’t really have a comment on it.  But I will say it is amazing a goof like that who couldn’t pick 5 offensive linemen to keep me upright can pick 6 horses?”

Tice also told the media he planned on giving the rest of his winnings to the boat captain from that fateful night when he was the HC for the Minnesota Vikings.

“I realized I never tipped that guy,” Tice said, “and, let’s face it, that was one hell of a night.” 

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