New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears Features Non-Football Storylines


In Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears there will be lots of bigger issues surrounding the game outside of NFL football.

Bears linebacker and face of the franchise Brian Urlacher left the team Tuesday afternoon to be with his family after his mother, Lavoyda Lenard, died at her home in Mount Pleasant, Texas. She was 51 years old. After a couple days of being his family, Urlacher returned to practice Thursday, and will play tomorrow with an obvious heavy heart.

This situation will be similar to when Brett Favre played a game for the Packers following the death of his father. Except of course Urlacher isn’t the same type of attention hound that the ex-Vikings and Jets signal caller is.

So don’t expect the same type of emotional postgame press conference from #54.
On the other side, the New Orleans Saints are dedicating the noon game to the America’s Wetland Foundation.

“We are very appreciative of the ongoing support by the New Orleans Saints for our efforts to help save America’s wetland. This game will help make millions of football fans appreciate that Louisiana’s coast is important to the entire country,” said Sidney Coffee, senior advisor for the America’s Wetland Foundation.

“In the time it will take for the Saints to beat the Bears, Louisiana loses land equivalent to four football fields, said Valsin A. Marmillion, managing director of the foundation, which has tracked Louisiana’s land loss in terms of football fields to help people easily understand the extent of the land lost.

“Help save America’s Wetland by texting “WETLAND” to 20222 and donate $10 to support our effort,” Marmillion said.
A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.

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