Chicago Bears legend Steve McMichael exclusive part 2

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After Steve McMichael was finished with his college, Chicago Bears and NFL careers, he spent four years as a professional wrestler. On the day of his enshrinement into the college football hall of fame, I had the opportunity to interview him. (And it was a pleasant surprise that the media availability hour happened to overlap with cocktail hour of the enshrinement reception)

“Mongo” told me the primary reason he got into wrestling was to again experience the transcendent thrill that accompanies walking out of the tunnel and hearing the crowd, anxious to bestow adoration upon him, roar in approval from his appearance.

But I’ll let him describe this phenomenon in his own words.

“Oh, there ain’t no drug like that. When you walk out of that tunnel baby, there’s nothing in this f***ing world like that adrenaline rush,” Steve McMichael said.

For part one of this exclusive, go here

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Indoor Football Players Balance Careers, Athletic Dreams

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The sales manager drops back to pass. He’s looking for an opening somewhere, anywhere on the field when all of a sudden it happens.

The social worker finds a hole in the defense in the back of the end zone. He streaks toward it, the ball sailing high through the air and finally settling into his hands. 3,200 red-and-black clad fans leap to their feet, screaming and cheering as the social worker finds a lucky fan to give the ball to.

Randy Hutchison and Reggie Gray aren’t your average sales manager or social worker though. They’re professional football stars for the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League, earning about $250 a game to live out their childhood dreams. Players in the Arena Football League, the best of whom earned more than $200,000 before the league shut down for the 2009 season, now earn anywhere from $450-$1,000 per game – not nearly enough to live on.

By Matt Lindner

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