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Bears Say Farewell To Adams

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Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester, Tommie Harris, and Alex Brown were among a large contingent of Bears' players, coaches, front-office personnel and support staff that attended the funeral for defensive end Gaines Adams at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, S.C., on Friday afternoon.


Team patriarch Virginia McCaskey and several of her sons were also among the crowd estimated at more than 1,000.

Adams, 26, died in his hometown of Greenville, S.C., on Sunday morning. The Greenwood County deputy coroner determined the cause of death was cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.

The media was initially invited into the service but was later told the family had changed its mind and restricted access.

Tommy Bowden, Adams' former coach at Clemson, delivered the eulogy, according to a source inside the church. Current Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, Buccaneers' defensive line coach Todd Wash, Bears coach Lovie Smith and Clemson teammate Ray Ray McElrathbey also spoke during the ceremony, which included video boards displaying photographs of Adams during his playing career.

Bears' defensive linemen Anthony Adams, Tommie Harris and Marcus Harrison served as pallbearers along with former Clemson teammates Philip Merling, Anthony Waters and Charles Bennett. The entire Bears' team was listed as honorary pallbearers.

The Bears chartered a jet to attend the funeral and were served a meal at the church before returning to Chicago. The Buccaneers, who traded Adams to the Bears for a second-round draft pick in October, also arrived via chartered jet. The Buccaneers made Adams the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

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