My favorite memory from playing against the Chicago Bears is simply the tradition.
Knowing there were great players and Hall of Famers and legends like Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Mike Ditka and Dick Butkus that stepped out onto that field was surreal. Here I was now a part of that tradition all the while establishing a new tradition with the Lions and Bears.
One of my specific memories is when I had the opportunity to see Gale Sayers walk onto the field before a game. I was able to meet him prior to the game and shake his hand and tell him how great I thought he was.
It seemed like every game we played against the Bears was a critical game. It was always meaningful and extended beyond just the rivalry.
It was about winning the division championship and playing against a team we always knew would be in the hunt for the division title.
Looking at the Bears and Lions today, it is just how I remember it: two teams competing for the division. May the better team win.