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Ask Wale: Chili, holding calls and where will Wale play next year?

Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

E-mail me here. I will be answering your questions about the Bears and life in the NFL every week on my blog.

Hi Wale, just wanted to let you know that we've created an Honor Chili for you and teammate Israel Idonije at our website - www.chicagofootballchili.com. It's a Nigerian-themed chili, inspired by suya and served over jollof rice.  We hope you like it. - Chili Dan and Chili Dawn

WALE SAYS: What do you know about suya and jollof rice. Jollof rice is my absolute favorite type of rice. Thank you for the honor.

Hey, much respect for taking fans questions on your blog, let alone having one in the first place. I have two questions and a request. I went to IU and have visited most of the other Big 10 schools. Why is it that IU can't build up a rep as a football school and start competing with the elite teams?

It's got a beautiful campus, good academics, and is a pretty great all-around place to go to college, not to mention it's in the Big Ten. We occasionally get great players such as Randle-El and yourself [and maybe Benjarvis Green-Ellis?], but never field great teams.  
The second question is how would you compare Rod Marinelli to Babich? It seems the defense is playing a lot better this year and I'm sure he has something to do with it. - Ryan

WALE SAYS: Ryan, I don't know what the problem is. Its time for IU to raise to the top level in the Big Ten. Once we get to two bowls in a row, I think the perception will change.  Coach Marinelli has been an excellent addition. Having him and coach Babich together with Coach Smith is a defensive coaching dream team.

I wanted to get your opinion on the turf conditions last week when Detroit was in town. The field looked to be much improved over the preseason and the home opener against the Steelers. Sadly, there will never be a top tier surface on the playing field, unless there is a move to put an artificial surface in Chicago.
You have already gone on record that you would prefer a first class NATURAL GRASS SURFACE in Soldier Field, but that just isn't possible. Since there is no chance of a good grass field and with so much of the team's success built on speed, wouldn't you like to see a first class field in Chicago, even if it has to be FieldTurf or other similar artificial surface? -  Michael Halatek, Monroe, WI

WALE SAYS: The field against Detroit held up very well. My hat goes off to the grounds crew at Soldier Field. As long as the field stays in that condition I am good.

Hey Wale, your blog is great, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. My question is about holding calls. This year more than any recent years, I see a lot of blatant holding go un-flagged.

In the Pitt game Hunter was essentially picked up by the shoulder pads and spun on Mendenhall's 36 yard run, last week I saw at least two times early when the tackle got beat by you and had his arm over your shoulderpads hanging onto you, again no flags. Is it something they are trying to allow a little more of in hopes of further protecting QBs or what? - Robert Ogan, Bettendorf, IA

WALE SAYS: Robert, I could not agree with you more. Without getting fined for speaking my mind, I AGREE with you 100%.

Hi, my name is Jeff Webb I live in Portage, Indiana close to Gary, Indiana, I have been a religious bear fan since I was 4 years old. I'm 16, I just wanted to say that you are an amazing example of someone who made it big and yet didn't let your head grow. I am extremely happy to say that we have a fan first defensive line.

My question is at the end of this season do you plan on having team loyalty or are you going to shop around? Either way I will follow you and cheer you on to me you'll always be a chitown hero.

WALE SAYS: I LOVE playing for fans like you Jeff. Life is more enjoyable when you stay humble and grounded.  I don't know what will happen at the end of the year. I love Chicago and would love to finish my career here, but the NFL is a business and things don't always go the way you want.



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johnny "waffle" chicago said:


Gune - with Adams coming in you should go for a solid, yet reasonable contract at the end of this great season and play out your days as a Bear. You, Alex Brown and Gaines Adams has Monsters of the Midway written all over it. We love you baby and you have to stick with the Bears.

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