Rex Grossman said he doesn't know what kind of reception he will receive when he comes back to Soldier Field wearing a Redskins jersey on Sunday.
"I don't know," he said. "It's hard to anticipate, but I would assume it's a boo. I don't think it should be, but you know how it is there; you never know what is going to happen. I've seen former players come in there and they've usually gotten booed. Either way, I don't care, I still love Chicago. I love the city, the tradition, the team and everything about it. I'm very proud to be a part of it."
Grossman said his greatest memories surround the team's 2006 Super Bowl run. All the controversy and criticism, he said, has mostly been forgotten.
"Definitely the 2006 season," Grossman said when asked what he remembered most. "All the great, great games. The kind of team chemistry we built during that season and the momentum we had to start off the season on offense. Some of the great moments: overtime of the Seahawks game, obviously the NFC Championship game in the snow celebrating. All of those types of memories will stick with me for the rest of my life. All the negative, bad comments are just a blur."
Grossman signed with the Redskins in the offseason after spending 2009 as a backup for the Texans. The former first-round pick said he is learning a lot watching Chicago-native Donovan McNabb.
"He's an unbelievable football player," Grossman said. "If the play isn't designed to do something, he is good at when things break down finding a completion or escaping the pocket to be able to make something good happen out of a mismatch versus the coverage. If we don't draw it up right, he will find a way to make it a positive play. His arm strength and leadership are the other two attributes that impress me."
The 2010 version of the Bears defense isn't all that different than the unit that helped the Bears win the NFC Championship game in 2006, he said.
"I think they're playing really well," Grossman said. "They've obviously added just a little bit of a wrinkle since I've been there. They play a lot of man coverage and cover-3 and cover-2, predominantly, but they've added a little bit more of what we call a cover-6 or quarter-quarter-half with it. So, there's a little bit of difference with it but I think (Brian) Urlacher's healthy and playing really well. Obviously, Julius Peppers is a dynamic player. Lance Briggs is still one of the best players in the NFL as far as I'm concerned."
Grossman said playing in Chicago is unlike any other market, although, when it comes to passion and scrutiny, Washington D.C. isn't far behind.
"It is different," he said of Chicago. "The passion, the tradition and the whole deal is exciting to be a part of, especially when you get a good team and you're on Super Bowl run like we were, everything gets magnified. Everybody's involved, watching and paying attention, especially when you have a good team. Everything is moving along and you have a lot of expectations. It is one of the biggest football towns in the NFL. Going to Houston after Chicago was night and day. They're obviously a young franchise, but to go from Houston to Chicago, it almost didn't feel like the NFL. Washington is a lot more like Chicago. This is a very similar setup."