By Chris Emma–
CHICAGO (CBS) — Mere moments before kickoff at Soldier Field, the emotions finally set in for Josh McCown.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
The Buccaneers’ 35-year-old quarterback began to reflect on the organization that offered an opportunity that would resurrect his career. Had it not been for Chicago, McCown would not be Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback, making $10 million over two years. But then the ball went in the air.
“Once the ball was kicked and we started playing, it was a football game,” McCown said.
It was just a football game between the Bears and Buccaneers — two teams, four quarters and 60 minutes that ended in a 21-13 win for Chicago. But the storylines were unavoidable. McCown was facing the team that gave him a chance. So was his coach, Lovie Smith, who spent nine years as Chicago’s coach before being fired after a 10-win season.