In light of the Bears trading former first-round draft pick Gabe Carimi to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick in 2014, RedEye compiled a list of the biggest Bears busts in recent memory.
Stats were researched. Fifteen players were selected. Blurbs were written. The story was posted on Monday.
You can debate the list all you want. It’s just opinion. You’re entitled to yours, ours to ours.
But the “ping” of a new email at 5:30 on Tuesday night added an unexpected opinion.
Why did this emailer’s opinion matter? Well, because his name is on the list.
“Call me,” the subject line of the email read.
The email began with a phone number. It was followed by 153 words--no periods or commas to be found. It was signed, “Sent from DT.”
It was David Terrell, the Bears’ former first-round pick--eighth overall--in the 2001 draft. He didn’t agree with his placement on the list, so RedEye gave him a call and a chance to plead his case.
Here’s how the conversation went:
RedEye: David, so let’s hear your opinion. Why--(Terrell interrupts)
David Terrell: First of man, let’s get this straight. Like I was saying to you, like bro, your opinion is your opinion. I can’t say nothin’ about that. But I mean, man, that email wasn’t sent without no love. No hate there, bro. That was just a touch up to say like ‘hey, man, c’mon.’ But anything you want to ask me, man, go for it.
RedEye: Well, all right then. Let’s hear your opinion--why do you think you don’t belong on the list?
Terrell: My opinion? I don’t have an opinion. I just have facts, you know? Factually, my first year with the Bears--my first and my last year--those were like my best years here. My first year was the best team I ever played on besides my Michigan teams, you see what I’m saying. But my first year we was one game from the Super Bowl, and I think I was a big, big piece in a lot of those wins. I think I may have won four, five games for my team. I mean, hey, maybe I didn’t win ‘em all by myself, but I sure played a big part. The next year I went to Bourbonnais and I kicked the season of with what? Like four touchdowns in three games? Then I broke my foot. Then I was done for the whole year. Then my third year I couldn’t play ‘cuz my foot was just broke and they had my time limited. Shit, then the last year, I led the league for like the first four games with Rex Grossman at quarterback. Until Rex Grossman breaks his foot against Minnesota. Did you forget that? I think you musta’ forgot about that. Man, I led the league in like every category basically until Rex broke his foot. When Rex broke his foot, after that, the season was over. I caught, I mean, I had nine different quarterbacks after Rex Grossman. I caught a ball from nine different quarterbacks in one year. Did you forget that?
RedEye: That’s not a bad argument, I suppose.
Terrell: Man, that’s no argument. That’s fact. That’s what I’m saying. But then on top of all that, Jerry Angelo didn’t draft me. The person that drafted me was Mark Hatley. Mark Hatley left after the draft and took on the Green Bay job right after our draft was over. Like the day after the draft was over. We could have went into the supplemental draft. That was a breach of contract. … It was me, I mean, I asked all the rookies in that draft class, I was like, ‘hey, if I go back in the supplemental draft, are all of y’all going back to the supplemental draft? Do all of y’all want to be a Chicago Bear?’ At that particular time, I loved Chicago ‘cuz it was close to Michigan and I had family here. So, my family ties pulled me in. But to me, my thought process anyhow, I was gonna go to Arizona or Cleveland with like the second pick. I wasn’t even supposed to come to Chicago. Chicago had Marcus Robinson, Marty Booker… . They had like 10 receivers when I came to Chicago, did you forget that? I beat them all out. … I won games. I was the first one dancing, touchdown dances. And we was winning. We was the 13-3 Bears. Then Jerry Angelo broke the whole team up. Did you forget about that? We had a great team. We had an awesome team. But new people have to have their team.
RedEye: Would you say you didn’t really have a chance playing with so many different quarterbacks?