Bears general manager Jerry Angelo is headed to El Paso, Texas, if he's not already there, for the Texas. vs. The Nation (or is it Universe?) all-star game.
Angelo skipped the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last week to avoid the flock of agents and job-seeking coaches who have turned it into a convention for all things not related to the draft.
New England coach Bill Belichick did attend for the first time in six years and, according to one league source, told associates he has no plans of going back after how little work he accomplished. Of course, Belichick's Patriots have been busy preparing for a game this time of season a few times the last several years. But that's how it goes in Mobile where agents are looking for an edge in the draft and free agency, and unemployed coaches are beating the bushes for work.
Angelo probably figures he can get more accomplished from his office at Halas Hall going over tape than being inundated by crowds.
It's not that he's been holed up, either. Angelo did attend practices during the week of the East-West Shrine Game. He's also more hands on in terms of getting out and scouting the college ranks than most general managers. One source said he was at the national title game between Oklahoma and Florida doing some work.
The Bears found some players at the Texas game, which is in its third year, last winter. Quarterback Caleb Hanie, defensive end Ervin Baldwin and departed guard Chester Adams all played in the game, which is considered third in terms of prestige among the college all-star games behind the Senior Bowl and Shrine game. The game has produced one running back who will have a prominent role in Super Bowl XLIII, Arizona's Tim Hightower.
Illinois defensive end Derek Walker and linebacker Brit Miller are in the game as well as Eastern Illinois defensive end Pierre Walters and Notre Dame linebackers Maurice Crum. The Texas game is run by the same folks who used to put on the Hula Bowl.