The Chicago Bears' defense has turnovers to cause this season, so seeing the big guy wearing a No. 91 at nose tackle on the field for their first practice Wednesday made a huge difference.
Jimbo Covert made his name by making others famous first. Maybe that explains the wait. He was recruited by Jimmy Johnson and finished up at Pitt just in time to join the revving-up Chicago Bears. There, beginning in 1983, Covert opened up running lanes for Walter Payton, walled off the blind side for “punky QB” Jim McMahon, and won a three-game, high stakes duel with Lawrence Taylor by making the Giants’ linebacking legend look positively ordinary. “He was one of the best in my 30 years of foot