It's been a couple years since he suited up for the Bears, but Kevin White's still got Chicago on his mind. The four unglamorous seasons White spent with the Bears still gnaw at the former first-round pick, who talked with our Bears Insider J.J. Stankevitz about the debt he still feels to fans and the city that drafted him:
I love Chicago. I’m sorry for all the unfortunate events. I promise a lot of that hunger and motivation to get me up every day to work harder, put in overtime, was really for the fans. And thats not BS or some, like, thing I’m supposed to say or just like — they deserve it, and I want to show them. They have great fans. Even still, fans will be like, 'oh my gosh, Kevin White, can I take a picture, man, you’re so cool, so sorry man, all those things happened to you, still humble, you deserve it.' Stuff like that. Like, damn, I want to give that to them, I want to give it to them because they deserve it.
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White also admitted that even while playing for the Arizona Cardinals, much of his focus remained on the city of Chicago – a place he calls home – and Bears fans:
And honestly I still want to show Chicago fans. I got to Arizona, all I’m thinking about is Chicago. That’s home. That’ll forever be home whether fans or organization like it or not. I want to show the city of Chicago, like, damn this guy is it. Or like holy crap, this dude fought injury after injury and now he’s — because I want to show Chicago, to be honest. Not the organization, necessarily, that’s business stuff. Ryan Pace and [John Fox], I do. But definitely the fans. I do. Because I feel like they deserve it and there’s a lot of good people in Chicago, a lot of good people in the organization that deserve to see Kevin White.
It's just one of the many topics White dives into with Stankevitz, and you can hear the entire interview on the latest episode of the Under Center Podcast: