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Bears Legend on Chairman: If he’d said that to my face, we would have had a problem

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Olin Kreutz is one of the most popular and respected Chicago Bears of recent times. As an all-pro and six-time pro bowler, Kreutz was a fan favorite and four-time winner of the Piccolo Award, named after the late running back Brian Piccolo.

The award is presented each year to a rookie and a veteran, “which best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and humor of the deceased Bears,” states the Bears’ official website.

Given how well respected Kreutz is, it was surprising to hear that Bears chairman George McCaskey essentially called him a liar.

It all started when Kreutz publicly discussed an offer from the bears. The former center recently told of the time in 2018 when then offensive coach Harry Hiestand offered him $ 15 an hour to help out on the offensive. When asked specifically about Kreutz’s offer during his annual year-end press conference, McCaskey denied it, suggesting Kreutz was not direct.

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“I’ve learned over the years to be cautious about almost everything Olin says,” McCaskey said on Jan. 10 when asked about Kreutz’s comments. “And I look forward to hearing this story again. I hope he will include it in his introductory speech into the Hall of Fame. “

When asked if he said Kreutz was lying, McCaskey replied:

“That’s the way it is with Olin sometimes. You don’t understand the whole story. Olin knows the story. “

Kreutz responded immediately on Twitter before you head over to Chicago’s 670 The Score to talk further.

“I’m not surprised,” said Kreutz on January 10th on the Parkins & Spiegel Show.

“To be honest, I had a few bumps in with George in the building when he was in charge of the ticket office. I remember one young linebacker, I’m not going to mention his name, had his shirt off at the ticket office and George started yelling at him and (then) me and George started yelling at each other so I understand George doesn’t like me. … He hasn’t spoken to me since I left the building in 2010 or 2011. He played 190 games for that team, was team captain for eight or nine years, won four or five Piccolo Awards while in the building. “

Kreutz then said after hearing McCaskey slandered him during the press conference, he called both Hiestand and recently-fired ex-Bears GM Ryan Pace to confirm the details.

Kreutz said Pace confirmed the 2018 offer, calling it a “standard offer,” and McCaskey was unaware of it. “George didn’t know about it, but instead of asking people and finding out the story, (he) called me a liar,” said Kreutz.

“I wouldn’t say I hate them,” said Kreutz of the McCaskey family. “If I saw George McCaskey now, we’d have some passionate conversations. … If this man had said that to my face, we would have a problem. “

“You never want to feel like, ‘Man, I hate these guys I’ve spent so many years with and played football for.’ You gave me a lot of fair contracts. I was the highest paid center in the league for many years, which means the Chicago Bears paid me a lot of money to play football for their team, ”added Kreutz.

Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune spoke to Hiestand, who served as OK of the Bears from 2018-19, and he confirmed everything Kreutz said.

“Hiestand informed the Tribune that he had a written proposal from Pace, with loose details on Kreutz’s assignments, that he presented to Kreutz at a hotel in Lake Forest. The offer was for $ 15 an hour, ”Biggs reported on Jan. 10.

Hiestand defended Kreutz’s character just as quickly as several of his former Bears teammates.

McCaskey generally speaks once a year, and considering the result each time, it may be better not to speak at all.

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“You never want to feel like, ‘Man, I hate these guys I’ve spent so many years with and played football for.’ You gave me a lot of fair contracts. I was the highest paid center in the league for many years, which means the Chicago Bears paid me a lot of money to play football for their team, ”added Kreutz.



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