The Chicago Bears’ Vanderbilt Connection


Published: May 1, 2009


... >The Beginning

I grew up in Pittsburgh, so naturally I am a Steelers fanatic, and unless I happen to marry a star player of another team, they will never be tied for first place. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Steelers culture is just a part of life; it permeates everything. When I went to college in Nashville, Steelers football even kept me in touch with my family since I called them several times a game.


But when I moved to Nashville, I went from a football-crazy town to a football-huh college: Vanderbilt University. To say Vanderbilt students were apathetic about football would be generous.  I was there from 2001 to 2005 and in all four years I felt that if we won three games per season, it was a winning season.


Vanderbilt has perennially been at the bottom of the SEC. While places like Florida got Tim Tebow and competed re...

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