"I was 5-8 and wasn't growing."
Dealing with that bit of reality during his sophomore year in high school, Tim Jennings decided to quit basketball and give football a try. It turned out to be a decision that has served him quite well, you think? He may be short, but Jennings has been absolutely huge for the Chicago Bears during the first half of the 2012 NFL season, making big plays on a regular basis. When he had 2 INT and 2 PBU in a victory over the Colts in the season opener, I just thought it was an excellent game against a rookie QB playing his first game. Nothing special. But no, Jennings was just getting warmed up. After picks in Weeks 2 and 3, he was named NFC defensive player of the month for September. And in October, in Week 8, he made one of the Bears' biggest plays of the season - a pick six with the Bears trailing the Panthers in the 4th quarter.
But when NBC put up that graphic on the screen last Sunday that Jennings, in just 9 games so far this season, had already exceeded the total number of career INTs he had gotten in his first 6 seasons, I figured I needed to do something.
I didn't even have to search for anything. It was right there in Sunday's Chicago Tribune - a nice little article on Jennings (which I didn't know about until I finally read the paper on Monday) detailing his rise from too-short basketball player to too-short football player to likely Pro Bowl football player. Please click on the link below to read the article.