Bowling buddies Tillman and Jennings (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears are divided into two camps: the bowlers and the non-bowlers. Both groups came together on Wednesday night in Rosemont to raise money for Charles Tillman's Cornerstone Foundation.
Bears Tim Jennings, Major Wright and former Bear Johnny Knox walked into Kings Lanes in Rosemont with their own bowling balls.
"We take it very seriously. Anything we do, we take it seriously. But it's all fun and games. We come out here to raise money," Wright said to NBC Chicago.
When I asked Jennings who the best bowler was, Knox interrupted.
"You're not talking to him!"
"It might be Johnny Knox," Jennings admitted. "It's not really that hard. Sometimes Johnny's on, sometimes Johnny's off. It varies."
This is the second year Tillman has thrown the Pro Bowler event. It raised money for the Cornerstone Foundation, which Tillman and his wife founded to support families who are dealing with chronically ill children. Tillman's daughter Tiana had a heart transplant, and they learned firsthand how much support families need.
The bowling was a way for the players to get together, have some fun, raise money, and separate the bowlers from the non-bowlers. Second-year Bear Shea McClellin said he was actually a terrible bowler.
"I have no idea. Probably Charles, because it's his event. He should be good, right? I'm terrible. I'm not even in that competition."
But former Bear Anthony Adams set the record straight on Tillman.
"I don't know, but I know when I was on the team, Chris Harris was pretty good. Brian Urlacher was pretty good. Peanut was not good. I mean, at all."
So who is the best Bear bowler? Long snapper Patrick Mannelly, who has been with the Bears longer than anyone else, said it's a former quarterback.
"Kyle Orton was. I don't think anyone will ever be as good as him."