A year ago, the Chicago firefighters headed into the annual 1st Responders Memorial Bowl undefeated.
But they squandered a huge halftime lead against the Chicago police, and they lost in overtime.
"Greg Olsen was our honorary," Chicago Fire Department Blaze president Rory Ohse said. "He was great, but he was asking the coaches to throw to the tight ends too much."
The Chicago police went on to win the Division II National title.
This year's game is Sunday at Brother Rice High School at 1 p.m., and the Blaze have a more experienced sideline presence: Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
"I'm excited about it. I know these guys take this game very seriously so it should be a lot of fun," Tie said. "There will be some talent out there and it's a fierce rivalry on the field so I'm looking forward to seeing them mix it up a little bit."
The Blaze have high expectations of Tice.
"He's our secret weapon," Ohse said. "He's going to pull out the plays he used for Randy Moss and for Brandon Marshall."
Marshall and Brian Urlacher are also expected to be at the game, with proceeds from the game benefitting the police and fire charities.
The roles for the two teams are reversed heading into the game. The police are undefeated. A victory ensures them an opportunity to play for the Division I National title.
"Our role this year is as the spoiler," Ohse said.