Chicago Bears: 4 players who had their careers cut short

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Chicago Bears, Kevin White

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Kevin White, WR

Any Bears fan will agree that simply hearing the name Kevin White will fill the room with a melancholy vibe. When he was drafted in 2015 with the 7th overall pick, the receiver out of West Virginia was supposed to be the next guy for Chicago. His 6’2″ 215-pound frame running a 4.35 40-yard dash was an incredible sight, and this felt like a great pick.

But White would never even catch a touchdown pass in his entire NFL career. In one of the few games he played for Chicago, he actually caught a 54-yard hail mary pass from Mitchell Trubisky to tie up the game against the Patriots in 2018, but he was marked one yard short of the endzone and this was essentially the last we heard from him.

White’s stint in Chicago was unlike many you see in the NFL. He was strung along for the entirety of his rookie contract, despite not ever being an impact player. He’s been injured for his entire NFL career, and this just makes for an extremely sad story.

To me, the stint marked the beginning of the bad stretch of early draft picks by Ryan Pace. Things look like they’re finally starting to turn around, but I think we can chalk that up to the fact that Chicago traded away all of their first-round picks for Money Mitch, the best quarterback in the league.

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