Now that Mitchell Trubisky is officially inactive for the Bears’ game at Detroit, Chase Daniel will get his first NFL start since 2014.
If you’re going to watch the game with non-NFL-fan friends or family on this Thanksgiving, then do them a solid (and look like a genius, too). Drop some of these Chase Daniel fun facts on them … but pace yourself, it’s a long game.
— Daniel, 32, was a legit high school football legend in Texas. He led Southlake Carroll to two state Class 5A Division 2 titles and a 31-1 mark in two seasons quarterbacking the Dragons.
— Despite that and likely because he’s on the short side (he’s listed at 6-0 on the Bears official roster, which is generous), he didn’t get an offer from his preferred college destination: Texas. Instead, he chose Missouri over, among others, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
— He didn’t start as a freshman at Mizzou in 2005. He was a backup to the guy whose records he would break: future NFL wide receiver Brad Smith.
— His best year in college was 2007, his junior year, when he led the Tigers to a 12-2 season, a Cotton Bowl win over Arkansas and a No. 4 ranking, the highest Missouri has ever finished in the AP poll.
— He was undrafted — again, likely the height thing — but signed with the Redskins, who dropped him on final cuts. The Saints signed him to their practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster and spent three seasons in New Orleans, including the Saints’ Super Bowl-winning 2009 season.
— He was with the Chiefs for three seasons, the Eagles for another, returned to the Saint in 2017 before signing with the Bears this year.
— Thursday’s game will be the 61st in which he has played but only his third start in a 10-season NFL career.
— His career stat line: 51 completions on 78 passes for 480 yards and one touchdown, with one interception. Career QB rating: 63.2.
— Saving the best for last: In his decade in the NFL, he has made $28.3 million in salary and other bonuses.