Chicago Sun Times
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 20, 2011 02:15AM
The Bears stoked the dreams of at least two rookies during a workout for players with local ties Saturday at Halas Hall.
Corbin Bryant of Chicago and Andre Holmes of Hoffman Estates — both Bears fans — couldn’t contain their excitement Saturday.
“It was a dream,” said Holmes, a receiver who starred at Hillsdale College in Michigan. “It was crazy because they put us in a rookie locker room and had our names up, and they gave us a practice jersey and Bears shorts.”
Added Bryant, “It was a humbling experience, but a fun experience also.”
Unlike Holmes, Bryant hasn’t ventured very far from home. After starring at Morgan Park, Bryant earned a scholarship to Northwestern and started all 13 games in each of his final two seasons at defensive tackle.
Neither player is projected as a first-round pick, yet both have been working out and working hard to impress NFL coaches and scouts to get selected in the NFL draft next week.
And given their positions and the Bears’ needs, Bryant and Holmes well might fulfill dreams.
“My mind-set is, I would be grateful to play on any team,” Holmes said. “But if it was the Bears — my hometown team, the one I grew up watching — that would be amazing.”