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Robin & David catch up with Bears Offensive Coordinator Ron Turner for some insight on which direction the Bears may be headed on Draft Day. Then, we check in with Robin's former teammates Jay Hilgenberg and Keith Van Horne to get the story behind their draft days.
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Bearly Legal: Bears Offensive Coordination Ron Turner
Robin & David welcome Coach Ron Turner, who gives his thoughts on Orlando Pace, Jay Cutler, and some of the guys the Bears are looking at in the draft.
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Bearly Legal: Bears Center Jay Hilgenberg
Robin & David hit the links with Former Bears All-Pro Center Jay Hilgenberg, who remembers his draft day, and his days with Robin on the Chicago Bears.
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Bearly Legal: Keith Van Horne
Robin & David line it up with Former Bears All-Pro tackle Keith Van Horne, who gives us the draft day perspective of a player who was drafted in the first round. He also talks about his time playing with USC and the Bears.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Keith Van Horne
Keith played college football at the University of Southern California where he was an All-America tackle.Van Horne played offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears from 1981 though 1993. Wearing jersey number 78, he was a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears team, winners of Super Bowl XX.Van Horne was married to Eleanor Mondale from 1988 to 1989. He currently lives in the Chicago suburbs.



 
Jay Hilgenberg
Hilgenberg came from a stellar football pedigree (Uncle Wally played linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings) but still went undrafted in 1981. For the Bears, he would play on special teams and wait patiently behind veteran Dan Neal for his first three seasons, but midway through the 1983 season he took over as starter at center and didn't look back. Hilgenberg earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 1985 and would play the position in that game for the NFC for seven straight seasons. His presence on the Bears' line was a given as he missed just two starts during those years. During training camp in 1992, he noted how much more money the Bears were paying 1991 top draft choice (and bust) Stan Thomas, and he held out for more money. This infuriated Bears team President Michael McCaskey, and in August of that year a Bears legend was traded to the Cleveland Browns. "Hilgy" would play two more years for the Browns and New Orleans Saints before retiring following the 1993 season. Hilgenberg is often mentioned as a potential inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jay is currently a game analyst for WBBM-AM Radio in Chicago and the Bears Radio Network.