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Mitch Trubisky Speaks: Explains Love For Walter Payton, Handling Pressure, QB Idols, More

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The Chicago Bears’ first-round pick has jokes:

Mitch Trubisky met with the Chicago media at Halas Hall on Friday, less than 24 hours after the Bears pulled off a stunning trade to land the North Carolina product with the second overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

It was a bold trade (arguably the boldest draft day deal in franchise history) that needed to be made for the opportunity to draft Trubisky. General manager Ryan Pace spoke about the deal glowingly on Thursday night as he embarks on a new era of Bears football.


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You can get to know Trubisky here, then move on and check out some highlights here.

But first, some thoughts from Trubisky himself (from his Press Conference earlier today):

  • Trubisky called his draft day moment “surreal” which is understandable. The Bears slow-played their interest in him, waiting in the weeds and throwing everyone off the trail until the last possible moment. Even still, he called the Bears a “perfect fit” and later added that he was excited to get to work on the plan Pace and head coach John Fox have in store for him and the team.
  • The biggest transition Trubisky will have to make going from Chapel Hill to Chicago will actually be going under center. On campus, Trubisky took nearly 98 percent of his passing snaps from the shotgun formation, meaning that he will need to make a significant adjustment if he is going to succeed at the NFL level. To that end, Trubisky has already started honing his craft by working out under center starting in January. Trubisky added that he worked under center during his private workout with the Bears, saying that it has been a seamless transition. Of course, it’s much easier to say that during workouts. We’ll see how he develops when he has to take snaps against  NFL defenses.
  • Pressure is nothing new to the quarterback position, but Trubisky will see a whole other level of it when he starts taking meaningful snaps (whether they’re under center or in the shotgun) in Chicago. On how he’ll handle it, Trubisky said: “I put a lot of pressure on myself. I have high expectations for myself and I love to ball.”
  • Finally some clarification on his love of Walter Payton: On Thursday, Trubisky said the Hall of Fame Bears running back was his favorite player growing up. It was a curious statement to make considering that Payton retired after the 1987 season and Trubisky wasn’t born until 1994. As Trubisky would tell it, he checked out a book at his elementary school’s library that turned out to be a Payton biography. “I loved learning about his life and how he was as a football player on and off the field, and what he brought to this special organization. I’m looking forward to wearing a Bears jersey like he did.”

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  • When asked about which quarterbacks he studies – in addition to avoiding Browns quarterbacks not named Bernie Kosar – Trubisky rattled off the usual suspects, saying he watched Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady. Trubisky added that he doesn’t want to just follow one guy, but instead take away a little bit of something from each of the best.
  • For all the talking Trubisky did today, he has yet to speak with Mike Glennon. Trubisky said he looked forward to speaking with and learning from the Bears’ starting quarterback.
  • Like any young, newly minuted draft pick, Trubisky rattled off a slew of cliche’s at his first press conference. One that stood out the most, however, was about never quitting: “You’re going to get a competitor in me. I’m never going to give up. I’m never going to give up on my teammates.” This is good. Odds are, the Bears are going to be in many come-from-behind situations early in Trubisky’s career. He’s going to need that spirit if he – and the team he leads – is going to be successful moving forward.

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.