Tag:Dan Hampton
Posted on: October 7, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 3:35 pm

Not all Bears excited to visit White House

Dan Hampton declined to go to the White House with his fellow 1986 teammates (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the 1985 Super Bowl winning Bears visited the White House on Friday for the first time to celebrate their 25-year-old victory, at least one decided to stay away.

That would be Dan Hampton, a Hall of Famer who texted to ESPN Chicago that he didn’t want to go, in part because his family couldn’t be there with him. But in an earlier radio interview with WSCR 670 in Chicago, he let on there were a few more reasons he had declined the invitation.

"It's my own personal choice," Hampton said. "I don't choose to go. No family, no kids. Honey's going to the White House, and you tell your kids and your wife, 'Oh, I'm sorry. You're not invited.'

"Secondly, I'm not a fan of the guy in the White House. And third, it was 25 years ago. Let it go."

True, it was a quarter-century ago, but the Bears -- of whom President Obama is a big fan and is probably the only reason Chicago is finally getting its presidential visit -- never got their White House celebration because of the Challenger explosion in January 1986. Hampton’s decision seemed to offend another member of that squad, Steve McMichael.

"They said, 'Are you going?' Because there are a couple of my teammates that aren't going to make the trip," McMichael told ESPN Chicago. "But let me tell you something, I don't care who the president is. I don't care what's going on in the government, if I'm against a war or what. If you are somebody that the White House wants to honor, and you're a citizen of this country, it behooves you to show up and look at it like an honor and a privilege.

"I told them I'm going to have bells on."

This has become a trend lately. As CBSSports.com’s Pete Pistone points out, five NASCAR drivers declined a White House meeting last month. Although the reception was scheduled for a Wednesday, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart said they had scheduling conflicts and declined to attend.

I don’t understand the position Hampton is making. An invitation by the president should be an honor, and the one time I had a chance to shake a president’s hand -- a man with whom I disagreed on nearly every issue -- I strode up to him (I still can’t believe the Secret Service guards didn’t see me coming from the backside) and shook his hand.

I was proud to do so. It was an honor, and a moment I’ll never forget. And the next time I’m personally invited to the White House, I won’t care if it’s a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian or a member of the Green Party, I’ll attend. And then brag about it on Facebook.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 11:15 am

Hot Routes 9.6.10: Shaking off the Revis hangover

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I hope you were awake late last night to catch the Darrelle Revis saga unfold. I was heading to bed about 12:45 a.m. when I happened to check Twitter one last time. And then all hell broke less. Just because you probably were asleep, here’s what Clark Judge wrote about why the Jets organization was at fault here and here’s what I tapped out about how the organization now truly is a Super Bowl contender.

- This video might get lost in the shuffle today, but credit former Cowboys star and Hall of Famer Dan Hampton for creating some kick-ass analogies. Unfortunately, they’re entirely inappropriate. In doing analysis for Pro Football Weekly’s TV show, he said the Cowboys “think they’re Clint Eastwood. They’re more the Brokeback variety, if you know what I’m talking about.” Then, he said the Vikings “need to go down and hit (New Orleans) harder than Katrina.” All you can say is “Wow.” And “ugh.”

- Buccaneers starting QB Josh Freeman’s sprained thumb has progressed to the point where he can take snaps from center Jeff Faine. He reported no pain while taking the full-speed snap. That’s obviously great news for the Bucs.

- Vikings coach Brad Childress is a little tired of talking about the Vikings backup QB situation. He referred to the constant questioning as discussing, in great detail, Twins catcher Joe Mauer’s backup. It’s not at all the same thing, but whatever.

- Vikings receiver (and migraine sufferer) Percy Harvin declared Sunday that he’s ready to play some football. He also expressed confidence in the plan he’s on that will help him deal with those debilitating migraines.

- The Dallas Morning News asks if 13-year veteran Keith Brooking still has it. Apparently, he does. Said Brooking: "I still have it. Sometimes it takes a little more effort to bring it to the surface, but I feel really good."

- Tramaine Brock entered 49ers camp as a safety after earning a signing bonus of $250. Until one day he looked at the Internet and - discovered San Francisco had him listed as cornerback. The rookie free agent longshot made the 53-man squad this weekend (as a cornerback, of course) – not bad for a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Bellhaven (Bellhaven?!?) standout.

- One last one: Pro Football Talk writes FB Tony Richardson, cut by the Jets on Sunday, could be back with the team as early as today.

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