The Chicago Bears leveraged a lot in the 2017 NFL Draft when they traded from No. 3 to No. 2 to acquire North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. However, general manager Ryan Pace feels confident Trubisky can be the quarterback this franchise needs, and there were hints along the way that this could be a good fit.
When the Bears went to Chapel Hill, N.C. to run Trubisky through a private workout, Pace tasked him with making dinner reservations for the entire group and keeping it secret. So Trubisky booked a party of six at Bin 54, a top steakhouse in the area, and used the alias “James McMahon.”
“I thought that was cool,” Pace told Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune in a fascinating feature about what went into the Bears’ decision-making process.
James McMahon, of course, is a reference to arguably Chicago’s most beloved quarterback of all-time, Jim McMahon. He led the Bears to their only championship in the Super Bowl era.
McMahon was far from Chicago’s most prolific passer of all-time, but he did lead a winner and made his lone Pro Bowl in that historic 1985 season. Trubisky will win over a lot of fans in Chicago if he can do the same.
And if he manages to do it with the same kind of style that McMahon did, he won’t be paying for any drinks in Chicago for the rest of his life.