“We played for him,” says Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields as side overcome worst losing streak in their history on the same day as Bears legend Dick Butkus passed away.
After not winning for 14 games and almost 12 months, the Bears luck has finally turned as they register a 40-20 win over opponents Washington Commanders. However, the celebrations were not just a sigh of relief for the side but a celebration of Butkus life.
Speaking after his side secured the win, Fields also paid tribute to the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears linebacker. He said: “It means a lot, getting the win – the first in a long time.”
“He’s [Butkus] a Bears legend. He will never be forgotten. We played for him tonight.”
The Chicago side have faced scrutiny from the media and outside the game after the worst run of defeats in franchise history. Fields and his team are hoping to have now silenced the critics.
“[It is a] Sigh of relief for sure,” Fields said.
“It felt good seeing all the hard work pay off, especially getting a dub (win) after everything that’s happened this year.
“Everything in the media. Everything on the outside.
“I’m proud of everybody in the building,”
The Bears welcome the Minnesota Vikings next to Soldier Field as the home side look for a second win of the season.