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Bears game a homecoming for Mike Shanahan, Donovan McNabb

Fifty-eight years ago, Mike Shanahan was born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park -- a town which also gave birth to Ernest Hemingway and the author of this blog post. Quite a place. He played quarterback at East Leyden High School in nearby Franklin Park, all of 20 miles to the northwest of Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.


Donovan McNabb grew up in Chicago and played football at Mount Carmel High School. (Family photo)

Donovan McNabb was born in the city of Chicago nearly 34 years ago, and he played quarterback at Mount Carmel High School, just seven miles north of Soldier Field along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Sunday, those two prominent Chicago natives will return to the Windy City to take on the Bears, and each has received requests from friends and family to attend the game.

"Once we found that it was on the schedule, everyone started calling," McNabb said. "It was kind of out of my hands."

McNabb's parents still live in the Chicago suburbs. Shanahan played his college ball at Eastern Illinois, and he still has brothers and sisters that live in the Chicago area as well.

As a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, McNabb played at Soldier Field five times, going 4-1 against the Bears there -- though he didn't play in the first trip, when he was a rookie in 1999. He has thrown four touchdowns and four interceptions in those games with a rating of 79.6.

In his 14 seasons as the head coach of the Denver Broncos, Shanahan only coached at Soldier Field once -- a 37-34 loss to the Bears in November 2007 in which Chicago's Devin Hester returned two kicks for touchdowns.

Political Football
Chicago Rep. Mike Quigley, a long-time fan of his city's sports teams, believes this weekend's inter-city competition already has been decided.

By Barry Svrluga  | October 22, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

First to say DONK!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 22, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Says Sellers was limited dipsh*t, not that he didn't practice. Never ending nonsense with this dude.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | October 22, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

u don't prActice u don't play -shanacool

What part don't u understand

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 22, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea Shanahan and Ernest Hemmingway were born in the same town...wow! Sucks that Shanny is 0 and 1 there...we're screwed.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 22, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

While I would love to have Mankins at G, Jackson or Breaston at WR, I think we should make a move at one of these 2 FAs for next year:
Haloti Ngata - NT

Shaun Ellis - DE

Ngata is a beast, even though Baltimore probably won't let him go, he'd still be nice to have.

Ellis is awesome, and with all the other big names the Jets are trying to resign, he looks to hit the open market. He would go good opposite Carriker, and if we can land a big name NT in FA or draft, we suddenly look pretty formidable up front!

Posted by: monk811 | October 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

scamp, right on target with the o line needing help.
If we go that route I say sturdivant, stud lb from north carolina
Then get wisenfiski or something like that, center from penn state.
Wr n lg should be addressed in Free Agency.
Hopefully carlos stays but he's gonna want a lot of money with a lot of desire for more production on the table

No way do we get ngata. I'm sure hell visit just to jack up the askin price to the ravens. He's the ravens brean n butter home grown style, doubt they let him leave.

Ellis is interesting tho. Jets may just run out of money rewsigning guys n he may be a casualty. We need a big body o line smasher.

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 22, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

scamp, right on target with the o line needing help.
If we go that route I say sturdivant, stud lb from north carolina
Then get wisenfiski or something like that, center from penn state.
Wr n lg should be addressed in Free Agency.
Hopefully carlos stays but he's gonna want a lot of money with a lot of desire for more production on the table

No way do we get ngata. I'm sure hell visit just to jack up the askin price to the ravens. He's the ravens brean n butter home grown style, doubt they let him leave.

Ellis is interesting tho. Jets may just run out of money rewsigning guys n he may be a casualty. We need a big body o line smasher.

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

While I would love to have Mankins at G, Jackson or Breaston at WR, I think we should make a move at one of these 2 FAs for next year:
Haloti Ngata - NT

Shaun Ellis - DE

Ngata is a beast, even though Baltimore probably won't let him go, he'd still be nice to have.

Ellis is awesome, and with all the other big names the Jets are trying to resign, he looks to hit the open market. He would go good opposite Carriker, and if we can land a big name NT in FA or draft, we suddenly look pretty formidable up front!

Posted by: monk811 | October 22, 2010 3:14 PM |

Yea, you're right. No way Baltimore let's him walk. Would be nice though.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I think Brian Burke's posts are very insightful and informative. Statistics and probability should be the only factor in coaches decisions during games. I wish Brian Burke would post a daily article here.


Posted by: PlayAction | October 22, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I don't know who to call a NERD, Brian Burke, or you for being a fan. I know you are throwing me a softball, so that one's too easy.

Chicago Rep. Mike Quigley = NERD!

Posted by: monk811 | October 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ernest Hemingway, Mike Shanahan......and Barry Svrluga. The prospects of Oak Park, IL just keep goin down, huh?

*drumroll*

Posted by: walkdwalk | October 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Good luck catching the game on Sunday PlayAction. Can't wait to hear about that movie while the rest of us who actually WATCHED the game get to talk about it! hahahaha

See ya on Monday! Later NERDS!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Why does Shanny always look like he just completed the America's Cup yacht race or was lying on the beach from sun up until dusk?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 22, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Just like the ESPN commercial with that poor office drone says, I am going to "peace out early".

Hopefully, I don't get busted.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Quan is a beast at Lb, he might be the fist LB to go this year. But then again were all kinda talking wish list players anyhow. Maybe land Marvin Austin too. He would be best suited for a 4-3 system but hey were the lasn of 4-3 misfits. Plus I think you can still mold Austin enough dude has the stregth and size to play 3-4.
Im down w/ that Wisnewski kid from State too. Gotta think with the lack of large sized Dlineman we go G/c with our first pick which should be middle pack, which are often tough to trade out of.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Good luck catching the game on Sunday PlayAction. Can't wait to hear about that movie while the rest of us who actually WATCHED the game get to talk about it! hahahaha

See ya on Monday! Later NERDS!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 22, 2010 3:22 PM

Haha...I'll catch it hell or high water...whatever that means! Have fun running amuck around the monestary this weekend! Tell hess I said have a nice weekend if you see him.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 22, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh ya n I'm benching hester this week. Hopefully rogers drops more pics, joking. If he bats em I'm cool with that, better than givin up points.

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh ya n I'm benching hester this week. Hopefully rogers drops more pics, joking. If he bats em I'm cool with that, better than givin up points.

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 22, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Why does Shanny always look like he just completed the America's Cup yacht race or was lying on the beach from sun up until dusk?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 22, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is too cheap to build an indoor practice facility?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | October 22, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It's like something you'd read on the Onion. I guess nothing is too ridiculous in Goodell's brave new world of pu$$y football.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 22, 2010 10:45 AM

wish it had occurred to me to use the dollar signs the other night. careful, KB, you might offend somebody.

anyway, Matt Forte's performance is going to be the biggest factor in this game, i believe. he's not getting a lot of pub, but he's having a great year. he may burn us pretty bad receiving out of the backfield.

Posted by: terrapin3 | October 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

'zis thing on?

Posted by: terrapin3 | October 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

'zis thing on?

Posted by: terrapin3 | October 22, 2010 3:59 PM

Guess everyone gettin the hell outta dodge...I know I am...time for the RI night crew to come in.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 22, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

as far as i'm concerned the most famous person "from" oak park is frank lloyd wright.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | October 22, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Injury beeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 22, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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