Is it wise to bring a Packer and a former Chicago Bear together in one room? It is if you’re the Rockford Park District and you’re trying to raise money for youth sports programs. That’s what happened Friday evening at Franchesco’s.
The Packers’ Dean Lowry and the Ex-Bears defensive end Alex Brown sat side-by-side answering questions from the fans in attendance and then signing autographs. All the while smiling and proving that Packers and Bears can co-exist, at least on a night to raise money to support youth sports programs.
Brown played on some great Bears defenses from 2002-2009. He had 43 and a half sacks during that time fourth best in Bears history. The one play he cherishes the most….
“My favorite moment I want to say was 2008 or 2009,” says Brown. “We played Green Bay at our place and I think with 18 seconds to go in the game I blocked a field goal, a real short field goal that they could have kicked and beat us and it kept our playoff hopes alive.”
Brown now does some analyst work covering the Bears. So what does he think of their moves at quarterback bringing in Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky?
“Hopefully Dowell Loggains the offensive coordinator he can get those guys to do exactly what he wants his offensive scheme to look like, but this team right here is going to be based on the defense playing great defense.”
Lowry is already gearing up for his second season with the Packers. He says he’s a lot more relaxed now that he has a season under his belt.
“I would say a lot more relaxed. I think that first year just everything happens so fast in terms of off-the-field stuff and just playing, so I think already this year things have already slowed down a lot. You feel more comfortable out there. You feel more like an NFL player.”
Lowry’s rookie season saw him and the Pack take a wild playoff ride that included that breath-taking comeback win in Dallas only to be followed one week later by a blowout loss in the NFC Championship game in Atlanta. So have the Packers shaken off that setback to the Falcons?
“That Falcons’ game, that was a rough loss for us,” says Lowry. “I think we added some good pieces in the draft and through free agency and I think we’re ready to go.”
Both Lowry and Brown will make guest appearances Saturday at the Rockford Football Training Camp clinic at the Indoor Sports Center. They’ll be joined by coaching staffs from many of the Rockford high schools plus Rockford University and Beloit College.