By Bucs Beat Feed
As departed defensive tackle Brian Price prepares for his first practice with the Chicago Bears this week, he took time to update local reporters there about his status following his trade from the Bucs on Thursday.
Of his health, Price said, “Man, I’m here with this team, and I’m feeling great. A couple of months ago, it was nowhere near where I’m at now. Just being here, I feel better, like the weight of the world got lifted off my shoulders.”
Price has battled a rare condition with his pelvis and hamstrings, one that affected him all through the 2011 season and, he said, adversely affected him during the conditioning test he failed on Thursday in Tampa.
But Price vowed to be ready to go when he is allowed to join his new teammates on Tuesday. He passed the Bears’ physical on Saturday.
“That’s a part of being a professional,” he said. “No matter what you’re going through, you still got to show up and be a pro.”
The change of scenery seems to have had a positive impact on Price.
“I was happy,” he said. “A brand new beginning. A fresh start. It doesn’t get no better than this. . . This is a defensive town. Great leaders. The love of the game is coming back to me.”