(670 The Score) Bears star defensive lineman Akiem Hicks on Tuesday broke his silence with the media that he noted had reached nine months, speaking to reporters before a charity event and restating his desire to remain in Chicago for the remainder of his career.
Hicks, 31, has declined media requests through the Bears since reporting to training camp in late July. Weeks later in August, Hicks' representation requested a contract extension from the Bears.
"I wanted to focus on the celebration of this moment, of reaching this point in my career," Hicks said of his silence to reporters. "No matter what I said or no matter how I phrased my intention of being a Bear for the rest of my career -- that's what I want, that's what I feel at the end of the day is right for me -- I started a piece of my career here, and it grew.
"I just have had so many joy-filled moments as a Chicago Bear. I can't see myself in another jersey.
"I think that I'll do everything in my power to do so."
Hicks began his 10th NFL season last Sunday, recording a half-sack of Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford during the Bears' 34-14 loss at SoFi Stadium. Hicks is in his sixth season in Chicago, playing in 69 games and recording 28 sacks in that span. He's also in the final season of his current contract, which was extended prior to the 2017 season.
On Tuesday, Hicks donated shoes to approximately 170 kids in foster care at SOS Children’s Villages on Chicago's South Side.
670 The Score host and reporter Mark Grote contributed to this report.