Bears fans need to keep on lovin' Kyle Orton

We've done more than our fair share of ribbing QB Kyle Orton since he headed to Denver as part of a trade with the Bears for Jay Cutler. But despite the party-dude reputation KO garnered during his time in Chi-town, plenty of the Bears faithful still have a soft spot for him personally, if not as a field general. Witness "We Should All Root for Orton," a piece on Chicago Now's Da' Bears Blog. Author Jeff Hughes disagrees with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Hayes' contention that the trade's essentially a draw at this point -- Jay rules! But he doesn't make this argument at Orton's expense. Hughes writes:

I remember Kyle Orton getting benched against Atlanta in 2005 during a game he was winning. I remember him being demoted from ten wins to third string. You know what else I remember? No complaining. No comments. Just hard work and a ballplayer waiting for his chance.

He's got it now -- against New England on Sunday. But at least he'll have fans from two cities cheering him on.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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