The Chicago Bears play in the NFC North, also known as the black and blue division. It is a division that has four teams that play each other with an intensity that cannot be matched anywhere else in the league. A team must be more physical than their counterpart in order to leave the bloodied gridiron victorious. The Bears have lost some of that toughness over the last few years, which has been disappointing for fans in the Windy City. However, backup running back Michael Bush has the ability to set the toughness bar once again in 2013.
Bush fractured his collarbone in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the second week of the season. He made sure to not let the injury bother him as he continued to suit up for every game and do everything in his power to help his team win.
“How did I play through it?” Bush said, according to NFL.com. “The same way I was going to play through the rib injury until I realized (the rib injury) was worse than what it was. That’s just me. Once I broke my leg (in college) … if it ain’t my leg and it ain’t my feet and I can still walk around and run, I’m going to play.”
Bush’s season did eventually end early when he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a rib injury. However, he did manage to show his teammates that playing through pain is what it takes to be successful. In order for Chicago to reach the playoffs in 2013, they will need to find the same toughness Bush demonstrated last season.