Football is back, and there are few people happier about it than the players who have been sitting around since January, waiting for their sport to return. A few Bears turned to Twitter to share their happiness about the end of the lockout and their return to the game:
Greg Olsen: All soap operas have to end. Glad ours did. Let's roll!!!
Chris Harris: First I want 2 say thanks 2 all the fans who stuck n there and endured these past 4 months but the wait is over. ARE U READY 4 SOME FOOTBALL
Rod Wilson: Now it begins ...
Henry Melton: lets get it cant wait to see all my comrades and get this SHIP! #beardown
Rookie Stephen Paea announced via Facebook that he is on his way to Chicago, while Robbie Gould, the Bears' player rep, talked to ESPN radio about the collective bargaining agreement.
"In negotiations, there have been some roller coaster-like ups and downs to each step in the process. At the end of the day, it's great for football, it's very good for the players, great for the fans and great for the owners. I think everybody should be excited about getting back to football."
The overwhelming sense of players, not just Bears, who are flocking to Twitter and Facebook is that they are relieved that they can finally get back to football. Off-season workouts, mini-camp, and one pre-season game (the Bears Hall-of-Fame game vs. St. Louis) were lost, but for 10 years of football without the threat of another work stoppage is worth it.