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1985 Bears Coverage: Todd Bell and Al Harris out of sight

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.

Todd Bell and Al Harris out of sight

Brian Hewitt

Originally published Nov. 3, 1985

Bear president Michael McCaskey to WMAQ-radio’s Chet Coppock on holdouts Al Harris and Todd Bell: “They’ve disappeared from sight as far as 1985 goes.” . . .Former Chicago Blitz general manager Bruce Allen now runs a combination travel agency, investment firm and limo
service in the Phoenix area. Watch for Allen to land in the Atlanta Falcon front office if Atlanta replaces coach Dan Henning with the USFL’s Rollie Dotsch. . .Colorful Raider tight end Todd Christensen, the league’s leading pass receiver with 48 catches, recently alluded to Shakespeare, Andy Warhol, C.S. Lewis, the Bible and “The Big Chill” all within a half hour span in one interview. . .Christensen on NFL relationships: “I’ve given that a lot of thought. Professional sports in general creates a group of acquaintances, not a group of friends. Not to say that there is not a certain amount of camaraderie. But I think, in the final analysis, most people go their own way.” . .Running back Joe Washington’s wife’s first name is Meadow Lark. . .Among the members of the Rams’ 16-person advisory board are Rosey Grier and Bradley L. Gates. Grier, a former Ram defensive tackle, lists his occupation as “evangelist.” Gates is the sheriff-coroner of Orange County. . .The New Orleans Saints have petitioned the NFL to change their jersey colors from black and gold to blue and gold. Blue is new owner Tom Benson’s favorite color. An NFL official says it will take at least a year for the change to go into effect if it is approved. . .Miami placekicker Fuad Reveiz is the brother of Carlos Reveiz, the placekicker for the University of Tennessee.