Eddie Jackson is motivated as heck.
To be fair, there are 2,790 players spread around the NFL’s other 31 teams who seek to hoist the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LIV. But who is more motivated than the Chicago Bears’ first-team All-Pro safety?
“From the losing record to the winning record. How short we came, with the first-round playoff game with the field goal. Right now we just want to build off everything and let that be the fuel to our fire,” Jackson said, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “We plan on taking this whole thing.”
Let’s. Freaking. Go.
I love it when a plan comes together. And I really love it when plans involve winning championships!
As fans, we have a unique perspective when it comes to knowing what our favorite team has been through, but don’t think the players don’t know what’s up. Jackson was a rare bright spot on the last John Fox team in 2017 that finished in the NFC North basement, so you could bet it bugs him that — once the Bears were able to taste some prosperity — he was unable to play a single defensive snap in the Bears’ playoff loss. It stings me knowing that the Bears lost a one-point game knowing that Jackson is a difference-maker in the secondary. I can’t begin to imagine how the difference-maker feels, but I can tell he is motivated to push his team to greatness again.
The Bears won’t show up to Bourbonnais for another five weeks. And the season is 80 days away from kicking off. But when we reach those two important dates on the calendar, Chicago’s football team will begin its trek to do the only thing that’s left to do – and that’s win the whole (blanking) thing.