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Dear Izzy…

TFG Spotlight

…I love you. Specifically, I love your contributions on the field (DA BEARS!) and off the field. It’s no secret that Israel Idonije is one of my favorite Bears players. As a matter of fact, I totally plan on adopting a pug and naming her Izzy. I’m impressed with the charitable work that Izzy spearheads through his foundation. The Israel Idonije Foundation is committed to providing positive experiences to economically disadvantaged families. IIF executes programs in Chicago, Manitoba, Canada; and Africa.

Within the past few months, Izzy has been listed to Crain Chicago Business‘ “40 Under 40” list, was named a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and was recognized as a “Hometown Hero” by Bank of America. He even found himself (temporarily) memorialized on a billboard along the Kennedy Expressway (below). I just want to take the time out to salute my third favorite player* and thank him for all that he’s doing to give back to various communities. To learn more about IIF, check out the foundation’s website www.israelidonije.org.

Go Bears!

-kb

*Robbie Gould and Brian Urlacher round out my Top 3 Bears players.

Real Fans Wear Navy and Orange (and Pink!)

Breast Cancer, Living & Giving, Shop for A Cause

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that navy and orange flows through my veins. Those are the colors of my high school, college, and beloved Chicago Bears. Sunday after Sunday (and some Saturdays…Go ILLINI), I take pride in seeing fans and players suit up in navy and orange and get pumped for a victory.

That pride doubles every October as I watch my Bears strut onto the field with their navy, orange, and pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. In addition to the cap above, there are a host of other very cute products that would make any Bears fan proud.

Knit Hat, $19.99

Key Clip, $17.99

Women’s Tee, $23.99

This apparel is a part of the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. The campaign focuses on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. If you’ve been watching the games this month, then you’ve already seen players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel and using special game balls and pink coins with the goal of raising awareness for this important campaign. To learn more about “A Crucial Catch,” you can visit NFL.com/pink.