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Bears defense attends funeral for Urlacher’s mother

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Bears defensive end Julius Pepper spent some of his fortune on a great cause Saturday.

Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Peppers rented a private plane so that the majority of the Bears defense could attend the funeral of Brian Urlacher’s mother, Lavoyda Lenard.

Team chairman George McCaskey, president Ted Phillips, general manager Jerry Angelo, coach Lovie Smith and linebackers’ coach Bob Babich were also among the contingent expected to attend.

The funeral was held in Lovington, New Mexico.  Afterwards, the defensive players and team personnel flew back to New Orleans where the Bears face the Saints on Sunday.

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54 Responses to “Bears defense attends funeral for Urlacher’s mother”
  1. Canyonero says: Sep 17, 2011 9:21 PM

    Lovington NM is a beautiful town.

  2. jkd198 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:23 PM

    Class move, Julius.

  3. kingmj4891 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:24 PM

    Did the Bears plane get stuck in the sand?

    All joking aside I have a new found respect for Peppers.

  4. johnnyb216 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:24 PM

    That’s nice. Being a packer fan, I fear that something like this could galvanize the team which would be bad for us.

  5. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Sep 17, 2011 9:25 PM

    The main stream media is quick to run a bad story on an NFL player. This should be a headline. What a great thing to do and I’d imagine this group will be that much closer all season. Family first. Football second.

  6. plum13sec says: Sep 17, 2011 9:25 PM

    Respectable.

  7. ajc85 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:25 PM

    great job by Peppers. i expect the Bears defense to be absolutely ridonculous tomorrow and play for Urlacher.

  8. silverwolf3561 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:26 PM

    This is the epitome of how to support a teammate. Kudos to Peppers and the rest of the Bears who went.

  9. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 17, 2011 9:26 PM

    Nice.

  10. babyjebus says: Sep 17, 2011 9:27 PM

    that is a nice gesture from the defense and peppers.

  11. mempusa says: Sep 17, 2011 9:29 PM

    I have met Julius Peppers a few times and he’s a real solid guy. That was very thoughtful of them. I’m sure they’ll rally around Urlacher and have a great game on Sunday.

  12. skiss68 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:30 PM

    I think it is great that Peppers would do such a thing for a teammate. But this is also one of the reasons 90 percent of athletes are broke 5 years after retirement. Let the cheap azz Bears management pay for the plane!

  13. throwmetheidol says: Sep 17, 2011 9:34 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to Urlacher and his entire family.

  14. dbellina says: Sep 17, 2011 9:41 PM

    Hate to say it, but Saints may start out 0-2.

  15. nelspetersen says: Sep 17, 2011 9:45 PM

    Thumbs up if you love your mama.

  16. eaglessuperfan says: Sep 17, 2011 9:49 PM

    Putting your money where your mouth is shows that it is not just talk, but that it is where your heart is.

  17. richm2256 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:53 PM

    It indeed was a nice gesture by Peppers, but the poster is right; why didn’t the Bears organization charter the plane?

    And why wasn’t the offense in on this as well, aren’t they Urlacher’s teammates as well?

  18. trbowman says: Sep 17, 2011 9:56 PM

    I am a mamas boy.

  19. boknowsvt says: Sep 17, 2011 9:58 PM

    I have a feeling that Urlacher is going to be getting a game ball tomorrow.

  20. chobes68 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:59 PM

    Why should the Bear’s pay for it? Does your company pay for the employees to pay their respects, or would they, if a close family member of yours died? Of course not.

    This was a class act by Peppers. It’s not like he can’t easily afford it, but he also didn’t need to do it. Just because he rented a plane doesn’t mean he’s blowing his money on everything else. Pepper’s doesn’t strike me as a knucklehead.

  21. textexington says: Sep 17, 2011 10:01 PM

    21-14. Go Pack Go!

  22. Deb says: Sep 17, 2011 10:01 PM

    Extremely thoughtful gesture by Peppers and the rest of Urlacher’s teammates. Continued prayers for Brian and his family in their loss.

  23. scudbot says: Sep 17, 2011 10:07 PM

    NFC North bitchez.

  24. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 17, 2011 10:13 PM

    Bet that meant a ton to Urlacher.

    Great Story.

  25. FinFan68 says: Sep 17, 2011 10:13 PM

    Great gesture by Peppers. One question…where were the offensive players? Sorry, but some of them should have been there too.

  26. jimmysee says: Sep 17, 2011 10:20 PM

    Never underestimate te Bears.

  27. scudbot says: Sep 17, 2011 10:20 PM

    Thumbs up if you want to kick Bear a** anyway.

  28. mklusch says: Sep 17, 2011 10:24 PM

    Now that ladies & gentlemen is a class act!

  29. halasfan says: Sep 17, 2011 10:26 PM

    Awsome story, Peppers may just be the next jersey I get. Got 3 Urlacher ones noe and I want to get a throwback jersey.

    Are they going to wear the throwback again this year or the Orange one???

  30. talkintrashallday says: Sep 17, 2011 10:27 PM

    Sounds like a close team. good to hear

  31. hrtbrokeskinzfan says: Sep 17, 2011 10:29 PM

    In all seriousness, give peppers his propers. That kind of stuff will not be soon forgotten.

  32. johnnyshore says: Sep 17, 2011 10:30 PM

    “But this is also one of the reasons 90 percent of athletes are broke 5 years after retirement.”

    There is no record of Peppers being a reckless spender. This is an instance where he used his massive amount of wealth to do something extremely thoughtful for a teammate. I would imagine that if Peppers can afford a private plane, he is probably smart with his money. There is a difference between Dez Bryant buying hundreds of thousands in jewelry and Peppers paying one time for transport to a teammates mother’s funeral.

  33. hittfamily says: Sep 17, 2011 10:32 PM

    In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.

    Well Done Julius.

  34. citiciti says: Sep 17, 2011 10:34 PM

    BRAVO!Mr. Peppers.

  35. hittfamily says: Sep 17, 2011 10:49 PM

    “chobes68 says: Sep 17, 2011 9:59 PM

    Why should the Bear’s pay for it? Does your company pay for the employees to pay their respects, or would they, if a close family member of yours died? Of course not.”

    I read Tony Dungy’s book. When his son committed suicide, the team chartered a plane to all go to the funeral. The players didnt have to ppol their money, throw a fundraiser, nor rely on a benefactor defensive lineman. A great quote from the book about the funeral held in Tampa, where thousands lined up to show their respect:

    Edgerrin James: ” Wow coach, you are sure big in Tampa”

    Tony Dungy: “No Edge, Tampa’s really big to me”

    The team should have chartered a plane, and flown everyone out to support the cornerstone of their team for the past decade.

  36. packerrube13 says: Sep 17, 2011 10:50 PM

    Pure class. Absolutely a great representation of the NFC North. Setting aside the team affiliations, I am a fan of the Bear’s players. There is a lot of class in that locker room. (Urlacher, Peppers, Forte, Lovie, etc)

    I think the Bears leave the Saints at 0-2. This helps that cause…

  37. yahmule says: Sep 17, 2011 11:16 PM

    My heart goes out to Mr Urlacher and my hat’s off to Mr Peppers.

  38. sakatak says: Sep 17, 2011 11:20 PM

    Hard not to like these Bears. I have been a Packer fan since the 50’s, from early on I was taught to hate the Bears. I have learned to respect the Bears because of acts like this, the rivalry is alive, but it is a positive rivalry. Lovie Smith is someone Bears fans should appreciate, a real class act.

  39. dilberry says: Sep 17, 2011 11:38 PM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says: Sep 17, 2011 9:25 PM

    The main stream media is quick to run a bad story on an NFL player. This should be a headline. What a great thing to do and I’d imagine this group will be that much closer all season. Family first. Football second.
    —————————–

    agreed

  40. kenny1960 says: Sep 17, 2011 11:42 PM

    Class act by you Peppers.

  41. richm2256 says: Sep 17, 2011 11:47 PM

    chobes68 says:
    Sep 17, 2011 9:59 PM
    Why should the Bear’s pay for it? Does your company pay for the employees to pay their respects, or would they, if a close family member of yours died? Of course not.
    ——————————————————–
    Where to start?

    1) The Chicago Bears are hardly your average company

    2) The players aren’t your typical employees

    3) They have gobs of money, more than Julius Peppers, even.

    4) They arrange team travel on an almost weekly basis

    5) Urlacher isn’t your typical slappy, he’s a team leader

    6) If the team pays for the flight, they control the flight; when the team arrives, when it returns.

    7) Fly the whole damn team, and you may just cement this team even stronger

    8) Pay for the flight for Urlacher’s teammates, and look like an organization that gives a crap about its players

    Need me to go on?

  42. pilot2011 says: Sep 17, 2011 11:50 PM

    Tar Heel

  43. briang123 says: Sep 17, 2011 11:56 PM

    A flight from Lovington, New Mexico to New Orleans probably took less than two hours, so it shouldn’t affect the team in the game. If Urlacher had the same respect for his team and they have for him, he would have scheduled her funeral for Tuesday, the off-day. Just shows that all he cares about is himself and not his teammates.

  44. edavidberg says: Sep 18, 2011 12:18 AM

    It means more that Peppers spent the money. Hopefully the Bears will find a way to get him back. Classy and touching move . . . .

  45. obxfannings says: Sep 18, 2011 12:44 AM

    Bravo, Julius Peppers. May I point out that when Sean Taylor was murdered defending his wife and child in Miami, Dan Snyder flew the entire team and a few of Sean’s team mates from the U for his funeral – and paid for the funeral. I am a Redskins fan and hope things are getting better here, but Dan Snyder is actually a pretty decent fellow when the chips are down.

  46. billyhoyle4real says: Sep 18, 2011 12:48 AM

    That’s one hell of a guy really says how he has Urlacher’s back on and off the field. I’ll be rooting for Da Bears to go out and give em’ hell this week.

  47. orakpownd says: Sep 18, 2011 3:32 AM

    A very generous act…Im sure that anyone would want that kind of support in such a hard time.

  48. jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 18, 2011 4:22 AM

    Classy move by Peppers, but the Bears organization should have done this, period. Cheapskates.

  49. redbeardxxv says: Sep 18, 2011 4:51 AM

    Never thought much of Julius Peppers- call it media bias, but I have new respect for him now. Classy move. I stand corrected.

  50. alanboy395 says: Sep 18, 2011 8:27 AM

    I’m a Panthers fan who didn’t like Julius for how his tenure in Carolina ended, but he really showed he is a stand-up guy with what he provided in his teammate’s time of grief. I wish the Bears a great game today in honor of Brian’s mother.

  51. robsterny says: Sep 18, 2011 9:12 AM

    When a guy like Peppers does something like this it restores my faith in humanity. It shows that he (Peppers) knows that he is fourtunate to be who he is and to get paid very well to do something he loves. He has “payed it forward” in a true sense.
    Regarding the idea that the organization should pay for that….Why?….They are paying all these players to function as a “team”..Its not just thier salaries that are being paid by the organization…its travel,hotels,and other things. What else does the organization owe them? Then when a guy like Peppers steps up and shows by his actions that,”we are a team” What else needs to be said?

  52. peed1 says: Sep 18, 2011 9:13 AM

    Nice gesture. J. Peppers will not go broke from this. Probably cost less than $75k. DaBears should have paid for whole team to go.

  53. boltdaddy says: Sep 18, 2011 10:52 AM

    What a gracious and galvanizing gesture by JP. Bears you need to channel the emotion onto the field. 911 took a lot out of the NY teams last week, for good reason. The Giants lost looking real bad and the jets have romo to thank for winning (not covering). I have been a Bear fan since Bobby Douglas blazed the trail for Tebow so I want this win as much as anybody. You will need complete focust to get it done though.

  54. balzosteel says: Sep 18, 2011 10:57 AM

    Briggs wanted to make it, but he was holding out for more money.

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