This HAM Hunter sure loves her rookies! And while the Chicago Bears seem to be very hot and cold so far this season, medicine one player is making his strides towards the hotness factor: HAM of the Week Jon Bostic.
Bostic was called to start at linebacker last week for the injured D.J. Williams, viagra who is out for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. While Bostic has played in all seven games and recorded three tackles so far, on Sunday it was his time to shine.
Bostic started the entire game on Sunday, and although the rookie wasn’t entirely to blame for the Bears poor defensive performance, the D-line simply isn’t what it used to be thanks to the staggering injuries this season. Things got worse for the Bears on Sunday when the leader of the defense, Lance Briggs left the game with a shoulder injury. It was just reported this morning that Briggs is out for 4-6 weeks, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more of Bostic as the Bears attempt to pick up the pieces and salvage the remainder of the season.
Thankfully, Briggs seems to be provide some excellent advice to foster that veteran-rookie relationship, which no doubt will become valuable as Bostic grows as an NFL player.
At 6’1”, 245 lbs., Bostic may be small for a linebacker, but his speed and energy is just what the Bears’ D-line needs. Selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Bears this past May, the team has placed high expectations on Bostic at linebacker, where they hoped to fill the void after cutting ties with Brian Urlacher. And anyone who is just as excited at the game of football as I am gets serious HAM-cred in my book.
Let’s not forget about those soulful brown eyes too. Swoon.
Like rookie teammate and former HAM of the Week Kyle Long, Bostic’s dad played in the NFL. Jonathan Bostic, Sr. played defensive back for the Detroit Lions from 1985-1987. That fatherly influence has built up the 22-year-old’s mentality as a player, who is very determined to succeed.
Starting at a young age, Bostic played basketball, soccer, baseball and hockey, but was most attracted to football.
At Wellington Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla., Bostic played running back and defensive back and recorded 23 tackles in four games his junior year. ESPN ranked him as the No. 9 prospect linebacker in the country entering his senior year and was an all-state selection for Florida Class-6A.
Bostic took his skills to the University of Florida in January 2009 on an athletic scholarship. He started at special teams for the Gators because he enrolled a semester early as a weak-side linebacker, but played in all 32 of his starts at middle linebacker throughout his career. He recorded 237 tackles, 19.5 tackles-for-loss, eight sacks and five interceptions.
During his junior and senior years, Bostic’s name was swarmed on a plethora of preseason watch lists, including the prestigious Dick Butkus Award Watch List for Linebackers. He helped lead the Gators to the 2011 Outback Bowl and 2013 Sugar Bowl. In addition, he was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was a second-team All SEC selection following his senior season. Talk about major accomplishments at only 21 years old.
No. 57 started in three of four preseason games, and recorded 13 tackles, one interception and one touchdown. Bostic came in for Williams when he was sidelined at training camp with a calf injury, but Williams was placed at middle linebacker for Week 1. So really, what goes around, comes around.
Although we may have seen Bostic’s “bad boy” side with a major fine from the NFL against San Diego Chargers receiver Mike Willie in the second preseason game, Bostic seems to be making a classic rookie mistake and knows that those calls come with being “in the zone”.
Bostic is very football-smart and knows how to adjust, even calling plays already in training camp. Here is an early interview of Bostic in training camp, where he explains his transition from college football to the big stage.
Although still a newbie to Twitter (@JonBostic), Bostic already has a big following. He joined last month and he’s already verified!
Always working to get better. Yesterday was tough but we will improve.
— Jonathan Bostic (@JonBostic) September 30, 2013
With the Bears depleted D, Bostic will have the opportunity to shine during his rookie season and, hopefully for years to come.