Former Bear, Big Cat, joins Concordia football staff

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Former Chicago Bear All-Pro tackle James "Big Cat" Williams has joined the Concordia football team as an offensive line coach.

"We are proud to have James join us at Concordia," said second-year head coach Lonnie Pries. "He has a passion for the game and a strong desire to coach. We are grateful that the opportunity presented itself for him to come to Concordia and give our young players the benefit of his vast football knowledge and experience."

Williams joined the Chicago Bears in the summer of 1991 and went on to put together a string of 134 consecutive starts that spanned from '94 to '02.

Williams' honors include Pro Bowl appearances in '01 as a starter and '98 as an alternate. He is also the '01 recipient of the Bears' Brian Piccolo Award, given annually to a veteran and a rookie who best exemplify the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor personified by the late Bears' running back.

Recently, Williams has worked as the radio color analyst for the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League.



Strikers go for hat trick

Youth soccer players from the Oak Park-River Forest Strikers club are taking aim again on a tough opponent: Cancer. For the third year is a row, the Strikers club expects to be a leader in youth soccer nationwide in the Kicks for Cancer program, raising money to find cures for cancers common to kids. Strikers has partnered again this year with FireWorks for Kids, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team, which will match donations raised by Strikers players.

In the coming weeks, Strikers players ages 7 to 18 will ask friends, neighbors and family to sponsor their 200 daily "juggles"-bounces of the soccer balls off feet, heads, knees, thighs and other body parts-performed at Strikers preseason camp. Over the last two years the young athletes have raised about $40,000 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The money raised goes for research to fight blood cancers-the most common and deadliest cancers among children-and to help patients and their families.

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