The Chicago Bears will swing open the doors to Halas Hall soon and two players will be able to walk through them.
Even if the NFL’s lockout is ongoing in two weeks, the Bears will host their annual Piccolo Awards ceremony in the auditorium of the team’s headquarters April 26. The recipients of the veteran and rookie awards will be permitted to attend the event.
The Bears received special permission from the league to hold the event because it’s a charitable honor, similar to Ed Block Courage Award luncheon held in Des Plaines earlier this month. Defensive tackle Anthony Adams attended that event where coach Lovie Smith was present.
The Piccolo Awards ceremony is one of the most important functions of the year for the McCaskey family. When middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was in a contract dispute with the team following the 2007 season, he still showed up to receive the award at Halas Hall.
“Players will be allowed to attend if they choose to,” team spokesman Scott Hagel said.
However, the players will not be permitted to invite teammates to the event. It typically has been attended by a handful of players. The players will not be allowed to talk shop with club employees either.
The Bears are also going ahead with plans to hold their draft parts and fan expo on the weekend of the draft. The draft party will be April 29 at Soldier Field. For the expo on April 30 at Soldier Field, new Hall of Famer Richard Dent will attend with former teammates Dan Hampton, Neal Anderson and more. On display will be seven Hall of Fame busts on loan from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.