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Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan are hoping to expand Bears' legacy of linebackers

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"All this stuff is weird, to be honest. Sometimes, I like to get here into work early, but we can't really go in right now because we got to get tested first, then you have to go in the building. Shoot, I don't like getting stuff in my nose. That's weird to me."

Both Smith and Trevathan stressed the need for individuals to be disciplined with protocols at Halas Hall and away from it in order to keep the team safe. Smith said wearing a mask while practicing isn't problematic.

"It's not like you're just huffing and puffing so I don't think it's that horrible honestly," he said.

Also on their minds are issues around racial injustice. Trevathan tweeted last month after Bears legend Mike Ditka lambasted players who would kneel during the national anthem.

"Some of you old heads (legends/coaches etc.) are starting to really speak y'all minds and we see you all true colors. Now let me speak mines Shut yo a$$ up. If your not part of the solution, your part of the problem."

"I was just speaking on how I feel," Trevathan said of his tweet. "Obviously, those are great legends. I'm not pointing out nobody's name, but it was a lot of people. But that's stuff that I take serious and people around take serious. Closed mouths don't get fed. Those people, I'm pretty sure they're still strong on how they feel, and I'm still strong on how I feel.

"But the world is changing, man. A lot of things are coming to the light. I believe in doing right and not letting negativity in here. Although it may have come off as negative to some, I was just speaking my mind and letting them know how I feel."

 

With Bears training camp slowly ramping up and players able to wear full pads beginning Aug. 17, the focus is turning to improving on the heels of a disappointing season. And the clock is ticking for Trevathan entering his ninth season.

"I want to be remembered," he said. "Legacy lives on forever. You always want to leave behind something that can be remembered of yourself. People talk about you playing for the name on the front of your jersey as well as the name on the back of your jersey. So, I want to leave that out there because this is such a great tradition of linebackers the Bears have. I want to be up there in there. And to do that, I have to make plays. A Super Bowl would definitely put a stamp on that. And you know, you gotta have a great team, man. I feel like we're in the right situation."

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