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No. 1 pick Shea McClellin makes smooth transition to Bears

Rookie SheMcClellin’s conservative nature with money should help him steer clear ordeals some former Bears endured. | Nam Y. Huh~AP

Rookie Shea McClellin’s conservative nature with money should help him steer clear of ordeals some former Bears endured. | Nam Y. Huh~AP

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Bears first-round pick Shea McClellin doesn’t really have any complaints thus far.

“It’s been a pretty smooth transition,” he said. “I’m just trying to get better every day and improve.”

That’s not too hard when Rod Marinelli is his position coach and coordinator, and he’s surrounded by Pro Bowl defenders like Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, as well as veterans like Israel Idonije.

“It’s exciting to practice with great players,” he said. “And Rod has been great. Everyone has told me that he’s the best coaches in the business. So it’s exciting too learn from him, and pick his brain a little bit, and listen to him.”

McClellin is also transitioning off the field. He’s partnered with Allstate Life Insurance and “Give Your Sole” for a program designed to solicit used athletic shoes for the Chicago area homeless.

“The good thing about it is, if you can’t make it, or a prior obligation, All State is collecting donations through Fleet Feet Sports stores,” McClellin said. “I’m excited to be a part of a great program that gives back to the community.”

McClellin will join Allstate 13.1 Marathon Series stop in Chicago this Saturday.



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