32-year-old defensive lineman Israel Idonije spent his first nine NFL seasons in the windy city.
On Tuesday, he inked a one-year deal worth $1.05 million with the Detroit Lions.
That means the Bears will be seeing Idonije twice in 2013. The Bears travel to Detroit to battle the Lions in Week Four (Sep. 29). The Lions come to Soldier Field in Week 10 (Nov. 10) for the second and final matchup between the NFC North rivals.
It sure will be weird seeing “Izzy” in Lions blue instead of Bears blue, but the Bears should be able to find a way to fill the void.
The 6’6″, 275 lb DE/DT was a fan favorite in Chicago as his production sky rocketed when he made the transition to defensive end in 2010.
In 2010, we had a chance to talk to Idonije as he prepared for the season.
He revealed his dreams as a kid and his typical pregame ritual.
“I actually wanted to play in the NBA. When I was 13, I wrote in my journal that I was going to play for the Chicago Bulls.”
“I listen to my Michael Jackson mi...