Idonije says NFL 'will be business as usual'
Bears defensive end thinks all players need is practice and contact to get ready
Fred Mitchell's Around Town
11:31 PM CDT, July 13, 2011
Advertisement Bears defensive end Israel Idonije is confident "it will be business as usual" as soon as the NFL lockout is lifted after a collective bargaining agreement.
"There's going to be training camp and all of those things. Guys will get a chance to put in the work and get ready for the season," Idonije told me at the Better Boys Foundation fundraising gala Tuesday night at Carnivale Restaurant.
"It's like every year. Until the actual season starts … football is like no other sport. Those hits and that physical conditioning … you have to play to do that," he said. "You have to go through the regular football practices to really fine-tune."
Tuesday's event celebrated the 50 years of service the Better Boys Foundation, which is located in the disadvantaged Lawndale neighborhood, has provided. In addition to Idonije, the event was supported by Bears Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Richard Dent among others.
The family of the late Walter Payton — wife Connie, son Jarrett and daughter Brittney — received a special award recognizing the contributions of time and money Walter made to the BBF before he passed away in 1999.
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