Bears' Akiem Hicks Happy For Cameo Appearance On Offense

December 04, 2018 - 1:29 pm

(670 The Score) Coach Matt Nagy channeled a little Chicago Bears history when his team faced a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line against the Giants on Sunday. He dialed up"Freezer Left," a handoff to defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and a tribute to William "The Refridgerator" Perry.

Reminiscent of Perry's touchdown in Super XX, Hicks dove into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown, and the Bears celebrated a cool moment that linked their present success to the past. It was a play that Nagy had saved away for some time and one Hicks and the Bears have practiced before. 

"I'd be pissed if I had to tackle me," Hicks said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Tuesday morning.

The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Hicks has taken snaps on offense before and could see more carries in short-yardage situations in the future. Hicks had told the FOX Sports broadcast team the Saturday before that he wouldn't be carrying the football and had echoed the same to reporters at Halas Hall earlier in the week.

Then came the surprise for everybody.

"So, for a defensive player to go over and play a little bit of offense, there's always a little bit of hesitancy," Hicks said. "When I got over there (during install of the offense), I just figured, 'Hey, I'd be the decoy the entire time and be blocking.' But they kept saying, 'We're going to give you the ball. We're going to give you the ball.' Sure enough, they called the play and I'm like, 'Oh. Hey, it's time to go.'

"It's a completely different feeling to be a defensive lineman where you're always fihghting your block and you can look over and see the ball being handed to the running back. And half the time, he's not even looking at the ball. He just grabs the ball because it's second nature to him and he starts to run towards the line. But when you're on the other side and the ball is coming towards you and you're the one who's supposed to take it, it's a completely different feeling.

"Of course I was nervous. I've been a defensive tackle my whole life. That was my first time carrying the ball in a game. Shoot, that's probably the most ball time I've had all year."

Hicks missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning Friday while nursing an Achilles ailment. He said it was just a precautionary measure to protect aches and pains from the season. 

The Bears (8-4) host the Rams (11-1) in primetime this Sunday at Soldier Field.