Roberto Garza Days Until Chicago Bears Season Opener


Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears center Roberto Garza (63) leads on the team before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Kickoff series last season that we decided to do it again.  In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Bears September 7th season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

63 more days. Roughly 2 months. Yeah Booyyyzzz!

I never say that. “He never says that.” (What About Bob)

Bears most stable O-line guy since Kreutz left, #63, Roberto Garza. Not a huge fan. Is he a team leader? Yes. Was he better at guard than at center? Yes. Was the O-line starving for new leadership after the departure of Olin Kreutz? Yes.

When I heard about my assignment for Garza, I shook my head. My wife said, “You don’t like him very much, do you?” I told her no.

It wasn’t always that way…………

Several years ago, I think 2007, They were running TV ads featuring Garza for stepping up in the community by doing volunteer work. I called a number, they gave me another number. I ended up doing volunteer work for 5 years. All because of a Roberto Garza commercial.

Fast forward a few years later and I see our man, Jay Cutler and Garza in an NFL clothing commercial. It’s funny.

The reason I’m not a fan is because he is not that good. The coaches were swapping guys out in our offensive line for years, at no point did anyone recognize Garza as a weak link.

I usually don’t bash Bears, and Garza’s close to the end of his career. The Bears kept him on a short leash with a one-year contract.

Roberto, thank you for your service.

I know that the elderly people I drove to doctor’s appointments appreciate it too.