Somebody Has to Play In the Bears Pep Band............
Free-agent OT Greene hopes to make music with Bears
By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter 10:37 a.m. CDT, April 30, 2012
One of the offensive linemen who signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent didn’t want to play football as recently as last month.
The Bears announced Sunday that they agreed to terms with offensive tackle A.J. Greene of Auburn. Greene turned down an invitation to the NFL scouting combine in February and last month he showed up for his school’s pro day merely as an observer. Greene said he was preparing for a career in the music industry despite teammates and coaches urging him to give the NFL a try.
“Some people have criticized me for this, but most of those guys -- all they understand is football," Greene told the Montgomery Advertiser at the pro day. "They can't grasp the idea of not wanting a life in the NFL. A lot of kids grow up thinking the NFL is the ultimate dream. I just want to make music. I'm not going to pretend I want to play football when I really don't.”
Perhaps Greene had a change of heart. We’ll find out soon. The last thing the team wants is a player on the field who doesn’t want to be there. The Bears will host a rookie minicamp May 11-13. Although undrafted free agents have agreed to terms on contracts, they still must pass physicals to be signed.