Bears, NIU teammates react to arrest of Sam Hurd
STAFF REPORTS December 15, 2011 2:58PM
Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was in jail after authorities accused him of trying to set up a drug distribution network in the Chicago area and arrested him after he allegedly agreed to buy a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent. | AP
Updated: December 15, 2011 5:58PM
College and professional teammates and coaches of Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd reacted with shock Thursday to the news of his arrest on federal drug charges:
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher: “Sad for him. I’m not sure what was going on.
“He’s a good teammate. That’s what I know of him. He comes to work every day and works hard. Outside of here, I don’t’ know him very well. But he comes to work every day and practices hard and plays hard. That’s all I know of him.
“He’s a friendly guy. He’s always been really friendly. Says, ‘hi’ in the hallway every time you walk by him. Even though I walk by him 10 times a day in the hallway he still says, ‘hi’ every time. He’s a good guy, from what I know of him being in the building.
“I don’t know what happened, so I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what the speculations are. I’m not going to throw anything out there.”
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs: “I’m just finding out about it, so I don’t know … We’re professionals. And we have to go out and handle our business like professionals.
“There are going to be questions about it. There are plenty of people out there who can comment on this situation.
“Nice guy. Nice guy. Well-liked. Well-liked in the locker room. He’s a guy we all were just getting to know. I think everyone is [shocked by it], yeah.
“Whether it’s a teammate, another football player, another basketball player, baseball, it doesn’t really happen, you hate to see this happen to anyone. We all make mistakes. But it’s just sad to see. “
Bears receiver Roy Williams, who played three seasons in Dallas with Hurd: “It’s a situation that I don’t want anyone to be in, especially a close friend or a teammate. Especially a guy from Texas, with a wife and daughter.
“It’s tough for me, just cause I’m not into drugs or anything like that. But I know it has to be tough for him, because he has his family, and that’s a choice that he made. And there’s consequences, with the choices that you make.”
Joe Novak, who coached Hurd at Northern Illinois University from 2002-2005: “[I’m] shocked. Disappointed that things even come to this point. You never think of those kids [who play for you] getting involved in something like this.
“He was a great player. He really loved to practice and play the game. That was never a problem. He was a little immature at times but that usually involved academics, where he needed a push and a prod.
“After six years [playing professionally] in the big city you figure they did a lot of growing up.”
Ex-Bear, Garrett Wolfe, who played with Hurd at NIU: “Sam has always been a great teammate and an even better friend. That’s how I remember him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family in these trying times.”
Contributing: Mark Potash, Sean Jensen, Rick Armstrong