Green Bay Packers legend Gilbert Brown is participating in a very special event this weekend. On Saturday, Brown, along with fellow Packers legends Ahman Green, George Teague, Antonio Freeman, and JerMichael Finley, will be playing in a charity softball.
This softball game comes weeks after The Gilbert Brown Foundation donated a car to an amazing young man who has done nothing but give back to his community despite his disabilities.
Their primary opponent is Chicago Bears legend Mike Singletary, who will be joined by Chicago Cubs legend Andre Dawson.
The event is intended to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Gilbert Brown Discusses What Is Was Like Playing Against the Chicago Bears
Every Monday, The Earl Ingram Show has a segment entitled “Under the Helmet with the Gravedigger.” This segment includes discussions about football, but also offers insight to the toils the game takes on players as well as important life lessons that apply to everyone.
This week, Gilbert talked about how much success in the NFL is determined by a player’s ability to be mentally tough. He said that there are plenty of people who can physically play football, but only a small percentage of them can handle the mental tolls that come with the game.
Towards the end of the show, he talked about his upcoming charity softball game, and even though all the players are retired, he has a deep desire to continue his dominance over the Chicago Bears. Ingram asked Gilbert what the feeling was like when he used to walk out of the tunnel of Soldier Field:
“Ain’t no other, man. You got to understand something. It’s a rivalry game, first of all. So it’s unmatched. The energy is unmatched.
“You’re coming out of the tunnel or whatever it is that they got down there in Soldier Field, it’s like…
“We don’t like each other. It’s like the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. If you don’t see a fight somewhere in the stands, hey man, it ain’t a Green Bay Packer-Chicago Bear game.
“I don’t care the intensity or whatever, who got what, Monday morning you know you played the Bears. Because you hurtin’, you sore. Because regardless of what the score is, what the record is, we about to fight, homeboy! We about to put it down! I don’t like you!”
Ingram was trying to recall the name of a certain Bears quarterback from the 1960s, and Brown interrupted, “It’s the Bears, so I don’t really care!”
Of course, the Packers open their 2023 regular season against the Bears at Soldier Field. Ingram asked Gilbert if the energy is going to “sky-high:”
“Yeah, because we’ve been waiting how long to play a game. First you had training camp, however long training camp is, and now you ready to go hit somebody else.
“But when you put the Chicago Bears in the mix? You wanna know why they did that, though? I’m going to tell you why. Because Jordan Love needs to get his confidence together. And there is no other team like the Chicago Bears that you can get your confidence against.”
Ingram then claimed that the Bears are on the upswing after the 2023 NFL Draft and all the spending they did in free agency. Gilbert responded:
“Man, the Bears ain’t know nothing. The Bears ain’t know nothing! I’m getting tired of these people talking about these Bears and the Detroit Lions.
“You think they got a 30-year waiting list on their season tickets? Either one of them?
“And who made them do all that [spending]? Losing to the Green Bay Packers. We going to make you spend some money to try and catch up!”
Last season, the Packers overtook Chicago for the most wins as a franchise in NFL history. They will look to widen the gap in 2023 and beyond during the Love Era.
And you can be sure that Gilbert Brown and his former teammates will be eagerly cheering and celebrating every win over the franchise that they fought so hard against.