It was another dark day for the Bears' Penn State alumni.
''Sad and disgusting,'' said defensive tackle Anthony Adams.
''Shocking ... and unfortunate,'' said place-kicker Robbie Gould.
Both players were reacting to the story of the day -- the firing of legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno on Wednesday night. The Penn State board of trustees voted to immediately fire Paterno, who was in his 46th year as head coach at Penn State, in the wake of the sex abuse scandal centering on former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
''Penn State always taught me to become a man first and a football player second,'' Adams said. ''Being a student was why we were there and being a football player was kind of secondary. This right here is just ... it's sad. It's disgusting.''
While disappointed it came to this point for his coach, Adams said it was fair to hold Paterno to the same high standard he set for his players.
''Yeah, that's what we were based off of 'We are Penn State.' We do things different,'' Adams said. ''We hold ourselves to a higher standard anyway. So yeah, it's fair.''
Both players expressed sympathy for the victims as well as for their school, which has been stained to a degree that can't yet be determined.
''It's shocking, because everything we did at Penn State was by the book,'' Gould said. ''We held everyone to a high standard and it's tough to see guys go through this situation. I feel for the victims. And I hope the university can rebound ... at this point it's just about preventing this from happening again ... [and] making sure they can rebuild the name of the university.''
That could take some time, Adams said.
''I've never seen anything like this in football, period,'' he said. ''This is one of the biggest things that ever happened that I've seen. I don't know. It's going to be a long time.''
As for Joe Paterno's legacy, Adams' response seemed right on the money.
''I guess that chapter hasn't been closed yet,'' he said. ''It's sad. It's real sad. I don't know what else to say.''