Hall Of Famer Dan Hampton Sees Something 'Special' Forming For Bears

November 15, 2018 - 2:09 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- In visiting Halas Hall as part of the Bears' upcoming franchise centennial, franchise great Dan Hampton borrowed a line from George "Papa Bear" Halas in speaking of the current team.

"There's something about this team, it's kind of special," Hampton said. "They got a little zipparroo."

The Bears are 6-3 entering a primetime matchup against the Vikings (5-3-1) at Soldier Field on Sunday, where first place in the NFC North will be on the line.

For a franchise that has struggled in recent years, the importance of the game Sunday has plenty of people excited. Hampton is certainly among those eager to watch and curious as to what this Bears team can accomplish.

"We're going to find out an awful lot here in the next few days," Hampton said. "The next 10 days will tell us an awful lot about what this team is and where it's going to go. 

"You got to pick it up. You got to meet the moment. And everybody's wondering if (Mitchell) Trubisky can do it. Obviously, we all know about the firestorm of criticism and he responded and he's player of the week. All this is good. It's zipparroo stuff."

Hampton joined Bears chairman George McCaskey and legendary sportswriter Don Pierson as part of a presentation Thursday morning previewing the team's 100-year celebration in 2019. The Bears will hold a three-day celebration weekend next June 7-9 at the Rosemont Convention Center. 

Additionally, the Bears will donate $1 million to local charities next season -- $100,000 for every one of their 10 home games -- and fans will be able to offer their recommendations for local causes.

Hampton was thrilled to speak on the Bears' past, referencing stories of Halas, Mike Ditka and their 1985 Super Bowl championship team but just as eager to talk about what the 2018 Bears could do this season. 

For the Hall of Fame defensive end Hampton, the Bears' top pass rusher has him most excited.

"Khalil Mack is special," Hampton said. "When I heard the Bears signed him, I said, 'He's the best player we've had in 30 years.' I don't want to insult Walter (Payton) or (Mike) Singletary or (Richard) Dent or anybody. I'm just saying, he's the best player we've had in a long time. And no offense to (Brian) Urlacher, but you've seen how he changes the complexion of the defense."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​