I almost fell off my seat laughing. Perusing the most recent issue of ESPN the Magazine, there is a small blurb listing the player that led each significant statistical category in the decade 2000-2009. While reading the first few names, I said to myself “well I know there are no Bears on this list.”
I was wrong. After reading the leaders for passing yards (Peyton Manning), rushing yards (LaDanian Tomlinson), etc. etc. my eyes stopped on:
Punts: Brad Maynard 874
So there you have it. The Chicago Bears led the NFL in the first decade of the new millenium in the number of punts they produced.
Why didn’t I expect that?