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New Orleans Saints-Chicago Bears Connections

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Read through the connections between the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears

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Player Connections

*New Orleans running back Pierre Thomas prepped at Thornton Fractional South (Lansing, Ill.) HS and then played at Illinois from 2003-06.

*Bears tackle Jermon Bushrod was a fourth round draft pick of the Saints in 2007 and played for the club for six seasons, where he was selected to two Pro Bowls.

*Saints outside linebacker Martez Wilson and defensive end Glenn Foster also played their college career at Illinois. Wilson prepped at Simeon Career Academy, while Foster also prepped in the Windy City at Mt. Carmel HS.

*New Orleans tackle Zach Strief played at Northwestern from 2002-05.

*Bears running back Matt Forte prepped at Slidell HS and starred at Tulane from 2004-07.

*Chicago safety Craig Steltz is a Metairie native who prepped at Archbishop Rummel HS before starring at LSU from 2004-07. New Orleans Saints

*Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman was a four year starter at Louisiana-Lafayette.

*Bears running back Michael Ford prepped at Leesville HS before playing college ball at LSU.

*Chicago tackle Jordan Mills prepped at Assumption HS (Napoleonville) before attending Louisiana Tech.

*Saints tight end Benjamin Watson and Bears cornerback Tim Jennings were college teammates at the University of Georgia.

*New Orleans nose tackle John Jenkins and Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington were also teammates for the Bulldogs and played on the same defensive line.

*Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis and Chicago defensive tackle Stephen Paea were teammates at Oregon State.

*Saints quarterback Luke McCown is the younger brother of Chicago signal-caller Josh McCown.

*New Orleans cornerback Chris Carr and Bears running back Michael Bush were teammates with the Oakland Raiders.

*Saints inside linebacker Curtis Lofton and Chicago wide receiver Eric Weems were teammates with the Atlanta Falcons.

*New Orleans outside linebacker Junior Galette and Bears tight end Steve Maneri were college teammates at Temple.

Coaching Connections

*New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton is a Naperville, Illinois native and played QB at Naperville Central HS. He earned a communications degree from Eastern Illinois, posting 10,665 passing yards as a three-time AP All-American. Payton played in the Arena Football League with the Chicago Bruisers and briefly with the Bears in 1987. He was inducted into the Eastern Illinois Hall of Fame and has his number retired. He also tutored quarterbacks for a year at the University of Illinois Payton has a sister and niece who live in Skokie.

new orleans saints*New Orleans Special teams coordinator Greg McMahon is an Eastern Illinois graduate who served on the coaching staff in Charleston for one year and later spent 13 years on the staff at the University of Illinois working with special teams, tight ends, and wide receivers.

*Chicago Head Coach Marc Trestman assisted Payton in training camp in 2007.

*Bears Offensive Coordinator Aaron Kromer spent the past five seasons with the Saints, serving as the running backs coach (2008) and offensive line/running game coach (2009-12).

*Chicago Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker served as the defensive backs coach at LSU in 2000.

*Bears Defensive Quality Control Coach Chris Harris starred at the University of Louisiana-Monroe where he ranked fourth in career tackles and third in career interceptions.