I admit it. I'm kind of obsessed with Fields.
It is weird because living in the Ann Arbor area you'd think I'd know a bit more about the hated enemy's QB. But I hardly watched him (saw him play 2-3 times in two seasons) and didn't really know much about him other than the facts that he was sort of a "hired gun" transfer from Georgia (I assumed they paid him), and he was considered very very good and putting up fantasy numbers. He beat Michigan - but doesn't everyone these days? That wasn't impressive.
I actually didn't think much of him at all in terms of going pro, and really thought Lawrence was THE elite QB. Even when Burrow was having his season for the ages, I still thought Lawrence was better - and Fields was an afterthought. But that changed quite a bit with the bowl games and playoffs this year. Watching him play Clemson and Alabama two games in a row really brought him to the top of my list (still behind Lawrence... but maybe closer to equal). I know Wilson emerged during the season and rose higher & higher - but I never really formed an opinion about him other than he was super talented and productive at BYU. Honestly all I could think about was he could end up being a bigger Ty Detmer, who could do the same kind of magical stuff on the field for BYU (I know that's not fair -but that's what was in my head on the guy).
So I started really having a lot of respect for Fields and watched some more tape. The more I watched the more I liked him. Like others, I developed the opinion that the Bears would NEVER have a chance for him but IF they were going to trade up for anyone it had to be him even if it meant multiple #1 picks. And at the same time, the "market forces" started taking shots at Fields. That really pissed me off - I hate unfair and hyperbolic criticism of anyone. I shared some of my thoughts on that here, and won't repeat it.
It seems to me that his stoic, serious nature made people think he wasn't into it, or wasn't very bright. OR the existence of those traits just fed the trolls who were looking for something to bring him down. But the opposite of those assumptions seems true. And of course what we've seen on the field shows the opposite as well. Either all the stuff online that makes him look like a perfectly competitive choirboy is completely staged BS, or someone had an agenda to take him down (vendetta against OSU, or his agent, or whatever). But what luck! The luck is so extraordinary I'm seriously thinking there may be some league-wide collusion at play. It's crazy.
Anyway... I haven't been this excited about the Bears since 1984 when everything started to gel. For the first time, I may buy a jersey of an active player. I might even go Vegan on Sundays in his honor. OK - not Sundays. Maybe like Mondays and Tuesdays. lol
The Future is Now.
I"m bouncey, trouncey, ouncey, pouncey - fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
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