Bears visit a naval base before the Salute to Service game

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Ahead of the Nov. 13 Tribute to the Bears game against the Lions, coach Matt Eberflus and more than 15 players visited Naval Station Great Lakes on Monday to meet with Marines, sailors, personnel and their families.

“We talked about this last Friday coming here to the Great Lakes Naval Academy and I talked about it [Monday]”, Eberflus said. “We have a group, a bus of about 20 guys, which was great. Really, it’s just about honoring the men and women of service who protect our freedoms.

“We’re coming to Salute to Service this month and thought it would be a great way to kick it off and show our support for the service men and women who are protecting our freedoms. So that was fun. is great to meet them and I hope they enjoyed it I know we enjoyed it.

The Bears signed autographs, took selfies and spoke with nearly 100 people at the station. Eberflus and players also got to experience a replica ship, the USS Whitehat, where service members train as boatswains for a month after boot camp.

Players in attendance included quarterbacks Justin Fields and Trevor Siemian, offensive linemen Cody Whitehair and Riley Reiff and rookies Velus Jones Jr. and Braxton Jones.

“It was just awesome to see how excited they were to see our faces because they sacrifice so much to protect our freedom and protect our country,” Fields said. “So it’s just great to give back to them and to be able to have a positive impact on them.”

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