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1985 Bears Coverage: Fada asks, gets released

Every day of the 2015 Chicago Bears season, Chicago Sun-Times Sports will revisit its coverage 30 years ago during the 1985 Bears’ run to a Super Bowl title.

Fada asks, gets released

Herb Gould

Originally published Aug. 29, 1985

The Bears released third-year reserve guard Rob Fada at his own request yesterday so that he can try to win a job with another club.

Fada said he expected the Bears to waive him next week, but emphasized that he had no hard feelings. “I know I can play. If not, I can go to med school,” said the Pitt graduate, who has been accepted at Pitt medical school and is contemplating specializing in orthopedics or sports medicine.

Coach Mike Ditka has said the Bears will keep eight offensive linemen, and after Tuesday’s cutdown, four substitute blockers remained to compete for three jobs.

Without Fada, the backup linemen apparently will be veteran tackle Andy Frederick, guard/ center Tom Thayer, a USFL free agent, and second-year guard Stefan Humphries, who is doubtful for Saturday because of a strained tricep.

Fada, a ninth-round pick in ’83, said he hadn’t contacted any other NFL teams yet because he only reached the decision yesterday morning. “I tossed and turned all last night,” said Fada, who also was considering an offer to become a graduate assistant coach at Pitt. “It wasn’t fun trying to decide, but I wish the Bears the best of luck. It’s a good organization.”