Many in the United States have learned that over the years. Some tend to forget about all of those troops stationed around the world providing protection for those back at home. Chicago Bears quarterback Chase Daniel recently had the opportunity to travel to South Korea and visit with some of those troops who are protecting others around the world.
The Bears recently shared a video of Daniel recapping some of the events from his time overseas.
“It’s special,” Daniel said about the trip. “You don’t take it for granted. Especially those guys over there are risking their lives, day in and day out, get so excited about a football player coming over to visit. It just puts things in perspective.”
As part of the NFL’s USO tour, Daniel, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski spent a week overseas. The four players had an opportunity to tour parts of South Korea and spend time with troops. Daniel noted both his father and his grandfather had previously spent time in the Navy.
The whole experience is something that Daniel will never forget. While the stakes are obviously much, much higher in the military, Daniel sees the connection between the military and an NFL team.
“It sort of reminds me of a football team but they are risking their lives day in and day out,” Daniel said. “They are absolutely within range of North Korean missiles, right? We are playing a game for a living. But it is still that teamwork aspect. It takes everyone doing their job at the exact same time, at the right time, to get a job done.”
Daniel also noted he ran across a lot of Bears fans while in South Korea. He even told a story about going to a pub that had a giant bear wearing a Dick Butkus jersey.
The veteran quarterback is now entering his second season with the Bears.
Daniel made two starts last season for the organization when starter Mitch Trubisky went down with an injury in November. He made his first start since 2014 on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions. He completed 27 of his 37 passing attempts for 230 yards and tossed two touchdowns without an interception in the victory. He also started in Week 13 against the New York Giants. He ended that game by completing 26 of his 39 passing attempts for 285 yards and threw one touchdown and two interceptions. He finished the year with 515 passing yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 90.6.
This past season marked the most playing time Daniel has received in his NFL career since joining the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
Since joining the organization Daniel has proven to be a great example of not only a teammate but also a person.