Jim McMahon has some advice for Mitchell Trubisky.
But before speaking Friday during the Bears100 Celebration, a gathering that marked the first meeting between Chicago’s two most recent Pro Bowl quarterbacks, McMahon gifted Trubisky with his trademark headband and sunglasses from his playing days.
“Now you’re ready to go, kid,” McMahon said.
McMahon, who spent seven years in Chicago and helped the Bears win Super Bowl 20 at the end of the 1985 season, knows from experience the citizens of Chicago will give Trubisky their hearts if he pledges his to the team. Winning games wouldn’t hurt, either.
“This town has always been a Bear town, and it’s always going to be a Bear town,” McMahon said, via the Chicago Tribune . “I think this is a hard-working town, and these fans appreciate hard-working players. And they know who plays hard and who doesn’t. If you play hard for Chicago, they’ll love you. And if you play hard and win, they’ll love you forever.”
Trubisky, gearing up for his third year at the helm after being drafted second overall in 2017, has quickly gotten comfortable under center and is looking forward to leading his team’s resurgence after their early exit from the playoffs last season.
“I think the two things in Chicago are that you just have to play with a lot of confidence. And then you have to have thick skin,” Trubisky said. “You just have to continue to give it your all, improve your game and put your heart into this and into practices. Love the fans, wins games and they’ll love you back.”