(670 The Score) The heart and soul of the Bears’ defense since he arrived in Chicago in 2016, veteran defensive lineman Akiem Hicks understands what could be coming next.
Hicks, 32, is playing out the final season of his contract with the Bears and is on a path for free agency. He also believes that his time in Chicago is coming to an end, which is why Hicks is savoring his final few games with the Bears (4-10).
“I just want to play good football and say goodbye to Chicago in the right way,” Hicks told WBBM sideline reporter Mark Grote in a postgame interview after the Bears’ 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday night.
Hicks’ contributions were key for an otherwise depleted Bears defense Monday. He had two sacks of Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and showed his trademark enthusiasm in soaking up the moment.
After his first sack, Hicks pointed toward fans who he noticed supporting him. It was Hicks’ first game back since Nov. 8, when he suffered an ankle injury in a loss to the Steelers.
Hicks wanted to show his support back to the Bears’ fans at Soldier Field.
“After not having them here last season, being able to have our people in the building,” said Hicks, who earned Pro Bowl honors in 2018. “You can’t compare it, man. There’s nothing like it. When we’re up and we’re playing good ball, we’re so supported. We got to do our end.”
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.