Chicagoans have another week and a half of quarantine — maybe longer — but the effects of the stay-at-home order on Bears fans weren’t as pronounced until Jay Cutler started trending on Twitter Friday.
User @thegeorgeyou tweeted out a short compilation video highlighting some of the former Bears quarterback’s finest moments, including some admittedly great passes and displays of true grit, like losing his helmet to make a touchdown and air fist-pumping.
Remember when Chicago had a QB with balls? pic.twitter.com/Mr2fVvAfLi— george (@thegeorgeyou) March 26, 2020
And that seemed to get some Bears fans thinking that maybe Jay Cutler was underrated all along.
Miss this kind of grit pic.twitter.com/N7g5VlFiFq— Barstool Chicago (@barstoolchicago) March 27, 2020
5 most underrated athletes in Chicago sports:— David Prince (@bydavidprince) March 27, 2020
1. Jay Cutler
2. Joakim Noah
3. Paul Konerko
4. Matt Forte
5. Corey Crawford
Who is in your top 5?https://t.co/XYSYR0YIWG
I can't TELL you what I would give to have Jay Cutler run a Matt Nagy offense.— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) March 27, 2020
I’m going to say it... I miss Jay Cutler— Mason (@PapaPeen) March 27, 2020
You might recall Jay Cutler. He was the Bears’ quarterback between 2009 and 2016. While he showed a lot of skill and promise in his early years with the team, a Super Bowl championship remained elusive, and by 2016, interceptions and sacks were an everyday part of his life.
Since his departure from the team, Cutler found his true calling as a reality TV star on “Very Cavallari,” the reality show that follows his wife Kristin Cavallari’s jewelry-designing empire and personal life.
Some Chicagoans, however, refused to let the quarantine’s rose-colored glasses cloud their feelings about Cutler.
a Jay Cutler tribute video quarantine got people going crazy https://t.co/nE1GR53NQd— Renny (@lorenzo_datPMF) March 27, 2020
We're so bored that Jay Cutler highlights are trending and ppl calling him the greatest of all time. We have gone full mental. pic.twitter.com/7j7i1rtVMG— Elvis Pepsi (@KarateGomez) March 27, 2020
You’re actually a horrible bears fan if you miss Jay Cutler.— Liam Krammer (@Liam_Krammer15) March 27, 2020
Still, seeing Jay Cutler get some late praise should say something about Bears fans’ feelings on Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.
Jay Cutler when he sees Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles pic.twitter.com/TYnSqD26u3— george (@thegeorgeyou) March 26, 2020
What does this tell us about the mindset of Chicago sports fans in quarantine? Probably that Michael Jordan compilation videos will be trending.