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Josh McCown is making a lot of Bears fans question Jay Cutler. While he's building support within the Soldier Field faithful, Josh McCown's wife Natalie McCown has had his back for the better part of the last decade.
Josh and Natalie McCown met at college while Josh was attending Southern Methodist University (before he later transferred to Sam Houston State). As a strange way of showing how old McCown is for a starting quarterback in the NFL, Josh and Natalie McCown first began dating in the prior century (hell millennium for that matter). The couple has four children together: daughters Bridget and Aubrey, and sons Aiden and Owen.
There's not much information about Natalie McCown, but one might expect she has her hands full with four kids. Josh McCown will look to continue his recent string of successful starts while Jay Cutler mends. A lot of Bears fans may wind up clamoring for more McCown once he's back. It will be interesting to see if this recent run can translate to a longer run with the Bears, but fans can certainly enjoy the ride while he's taking it. McCown and his favorite target Alshon Jeffery look to continue their luck tonight on Monday Night Football against the Cowboys.
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The Chicago Bears are rolling right now. At 7-1, the Bears are being led by their ferocious defense, and by their starting cornerback/turnover machine Charles Tillman (serious, four forced fumbles last week? C'mon man...). As the Bears head into a clash with another 7-1 team against Houston this weekend, the Bears are now forced with the distinct possibility of taking the field without Tillman, and it's not due to injury or suspension.
Charles Tillman's wife Jackie Tillman is expecting the couple's fourth child any day now. In what became a strange controversy in the Twittersphere earlier this week, Tillman announced plans to be with his wife no matter what. The cynics and probably people without kids screamed nonsense about Tillman needing a "team first" attitude, despite the entire Bears roster seemingly led by head coach Lovie Smith declaring nothing but total support for Tillman's decision to be with his family. Others online argued that it's his fourth child, so it's not as big a deal. First try explaining that the fourth kid isn't a big deal. Secondly, consider that the Tillman's middle child and only daughter Tiana was born with cardiomyopathy requiring a heart transplant in 2008, and it becomes more and more evident why Tillman is rightfully determined to be there for Jackie and for baby number four.
On Wednesday during an interview with local Chicago radio WSCR-AM 670, Tillman explained his position:
The wife is due any day, so hopefully this baby can stay in until after the game on Sunday. I hope she stays in -- I'm having another girl. Monday, for sure, but if she comes Sunday, I think I'm going to have to be at the hospital Sunday.
For his part, Tillman is trying to downplay the nontroversy. He met with the press Wednesday and further explained his position appealing to the at times invisible humanity of NFL fans:
At the end of the day, (family is) all you have. This game is important to me, but after what we went through with my middle child, to me football will always be second or third in my life. That was a great lesson learned to teach me that when I'm done playing football my family will still always be there for me.
Later, after hearing this topic discussed on ESPN's Mike & Mike show, Tillman tweeted to them saying, saying, "god, family, football... Baby is coming Monday don't worry I'll be there Sunday."
We'll see what happens Sunday when the Texans and Bears kick off. Good luck to Charles and Jackie Tillman and family throughout this process.
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08/17/2012: Well that was quick.
In a statement released to People Magazine today, Jenny McCarthy said:
Brian and I have decided to turn our romance into an amazing friendship. I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for him. Go, Bears!”
Been a pretty interesting albeit short lived relationship for the couple. During their time together, Urlacher underwent two knee surgeries (including one the day the breakup was announced), and McCarthy graced the cover of the July Playboy issue. Let's see,... one is hosting a Prime Time Show on NBC and enjoying the most modeling success in a decade plus, while the other is hobbling through the twilight of his career.
Yup, I think we get it.
Brian Urlacher, the heart and soul of the Chicago Bears defense was recently spotted in Los Angeles having dinner with Jenny McCarthy, the heart and soul of... um... Singled Out (come on, who remembers that??).
TMZ caught the couple at a restaurant in Beverly Hills, unsuccessfully trying to escape through the back door to avoid being seen. TMZ reports that the couple was spotted having a romantic dinner at Mastro's, which is billed as one of the most expensive restaurants in the city.
Urlacher was previously linked to Paris Hilton, though that relationship was never confirmed. Jenny McCarthy has been with a number of celebrities, most notably coming off a long term relationship with funnyman Jim Carrey. The couple was together for almost five years before splitting in late 2010.
For those that don't know, Jenny McCarthy is most famous for her spread in Playboy and being the object of every teenager from the 90's amorous obsession. Her "acting" career has stayed alive in part thanks to the novelty factor. She has penned a couple books as well, including one which makes the suggestion that she helped to heal her sons autism (it's in the title of her book infact).
Then again, if the writing career doesn't take off,... there's still Singled Out.