New Bears running back Marion Barber doesn't like to talk to reporters.
Just ask my colleagues who covered the Dallas Cowboys or the University of Minnesota.
Barber has politely declined interview requests since signing with the Bears, but he added after Saturday's win over the Buffalo Bills that he would talk today.
Barber honored his promise.
There wasn't much, but here it is.
* On his transition to the Bears: "It feels good. Not really a big difference. Feels good to be here."
* On what he wanted to accomplish: "Man, I'm just here to play football. However they want to utilize me, I've got to be ready at all times."
* On being known as a hard-nosed runner: "No question. That's what I've been doing my whole career so it's not going to stop now."
* On importance of fresh start: "It's just all about playing football. I mean, fresh start - I'm just glad I'm here and going from there."
* On Bears as opposed to other clubs: "I'm just talking about right now. I'm just glad to be here and I'm going to continue to work."
* On Bears tradition: "I'm just here to play football. I don't think about the past. I just think about now and helping contribute to this football team."
Then Barber was gone. As he walked by Scott Hagel, the team's senior director of corporate communications, Barber said, "That's it for the year."
I don't think he was kidding...