By Larry Mayer, Chicagobears.com
There’s a simple explanation why the door to LaMar “Soup” Campbell’s office just outside the Bears locker room at Halas Hall is always open.
In his role as the team’s director of player engagement, Campbell is always available to players to dispense advice, answer questions or just listen.
Since being hired by the Bears in 2017, the former NFL cornerback has helped players deal with a variety of issues, always focusing on their personal and professional growth. He coordinates programs for veterans and rookies and provides guidance, support and resources to players and their families. It could be assisting them find a place to live, an offseason internship or a charity to support that matches their interests.
“I do think it’s very important that his name is recognized because this is life,” coach Matt Nagy said during the summer. “This isn’t football. That is why he’s our director of player engagement. He does a really, really good job of understanding what these players are going through on a daily basis, not even just in 2020 but in prior years. He builds unbelievably great relationships with them. They trust [him]. They understand [him].”
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