Ten bucks says you'll never love the Bears as much as the guy after the jump.
BY DAVE NEWBART
There might not be a more down-to-earth future NFL Hall-of-Famer than Ruben Brown. Brown, who played four seasons for the Bears and helped push them to the Super Bowl, has moved back to Buffalo, where he played nine great seasons for the Bills. But he's still well-loved among Bears fans and players and gets back to town frequently - primarily for Ruben Brown's Motorcycle Run, a charity ride that raises cash for the Salvation Army.
Chris Zorich, another former Bear who now spends a lot of time raising money for charity, was also on-hand. The event was headlined by local power blues great Wayne Baker Brooks (son of the legendary Lonnie Brooks), who gave a few lessons to 9-year-old budding blues phenom Tallan Latz, of Elkhorn, Wis.
Brown notes that despite all his years playing pro ball in New York and in college in Pittsburgh, he is still best recognized by the legion of Bears fans around the world. "They're everywhere,'' he says. Even his two sons have split allegiances, with one rooting for the Bears and another cheering for the Bills.
Sunday's ride raised more than $15,000 for the local Salvation Army. As Brown says, "I benefited from the Salvation Army when I was a kid, and now I'm giving back.''
Rube, as his friends call him, will lead two more rides this month: this Sunday, June 7, in Lynchburg, Va. (where Brown grew up) and June 28 in Buffalo. For that last ride Brown expects 3,000 bikers.
For more information or to make a donation visit www.rubensrun.com.
***HERE ARE SOME MORE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT:
Glenn Timmermann shows off his Walter Payton ink on his leg.
Timmerman shows off his permanent autographs.
Former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich and Jerry DeLaurentis, owner of Sideouts Bar & Eatery in Island Lake, hang out.
Bikers cruised in a wide variety of bikes.
Blues great Wayne Baker Brooks performs with Tallan Latz, 9, after the ride.