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Ask Wale: Hasselbeck, great books and Alex Brown's hands

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.

Would you prefer to play your home games on the worst grass field in the NFL or a first class artificial surface? - Michael Halatek, Monroe, WI

WALE SAYS: I would prefer to play on first class grass at home.

Wale, will you guys prepare any differently for the Seahawks knowing that Hasselbeck will probably be out? Thanks - Go IU! - David A. Anderson

WALE SAYS: Well, we are not sure what Hasselbeck will do. He is a competitor, so I am sure if he can go ... he will.  GO IU!  3-0!!!!!!

I guess if I was going to ask you a question, it would be what the best book you've read was, and what types of genres you're into.  I find myself as I get older getting into more political or economic areas, but I've always been a huge sci-fi fan. Arthur C. Clarke will take your brain and stretch it like silly putty.  If you've never read 2001: A Space Odyssey (I know the movie is so out there, but trust me), do it. Everything about that book is fantastic; it can change your perspective on the universe and our place in it. 

Keep up the great season man, and thanks for representing for us English geeks. Go Bears, always. - Nick Thomas, St. Paul, MN

WALE SAYS: Hey Nick, reading is one of my favorite things to do  So, shout out to the "English Geeks". My favorite book maybe, "The Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. Such a dense book.  A very hard read.  Took me forever to read it.

Two questions. One, how big are Alex Browns hands? They look like two frying pans wrapped in tape out there. Two, how frustrating is it when QBs take 2 step drops and get the ball out. Is it a complete waste of energy to even rush the passer? Thanks, Dave Heinz, Decatur (Original Home of the Chicago Bears/Decatur Staleys), IL

WALE SAYS: Dave, I don't look at AB's hands. But its those white gloves that I cant stand. He loves them though. It's very frustrating to go against a QB who gets the ball out fast. But it's great for the defense as a whole because it gives the secondary an opportunity to break on the ball faster.

Do your minds ever go back to the 2006 season when the D was just plain unbelievable and remember what you guys did differently compared to the past two seasons? I am confident that this season is the season when you guys show what the Bears D really is because the talent that all of you guys represent in unparalleled. Bears Down!!!
Best, Arjun Shrinath

WALE SAYS: I try not to look into the past. History is waiting to be written? I try to keep looking forward so I don't miss a thing.

I wanted to know what motivated you to join the NFL, and also what specific challenges you had to face in order to become the great but yet humble football player you are today? Also, do you plan to go to Nigeria to do humanitarian work or help give back to the country where you and I are both from? Thank you :) - Omoluyi Adesanya

WALE SAYS: Thank you for your kind words. I truly love our fans. Bears fans are the best in the world. Bar none! Lets get to your question. My motivation to play in the NFL was just God being apart of my life.  He gave me the ability to be the best. I travel to Nigeria once a year to do humanitarian work. I feel its my duty.

Wale, I am amazed at the idea of you reading my question and responding via your blog. You should convince some of your teammates to do the same.  To a fan, its almost as good as getting an autograph. My question to you is:  Which is your most memorable game as a pro, and why? - Sergio Sarmiento

WALE SAYS: Well, I am grateful you take the time out of your busy day to write me a question. My most memorable game would have to be the Super Bowl. The memories were perfect except the ending.

Honestly, I know nothing about football, but I am very proud to say that a fellow Nigerian plays football. I have been looking for an opportunity to get in touch with you. I am also proud that you and fellow teammates traveled to Africa and helped the people at need. Keep up the good work, I hope you read this email personally. I have a picture of you on my desk at work with the fellow Nigerian NFL Stars. Keep up the good work.
Boluwatife Anifowose

WALE SAYS: Thank you!!!! And yes, I read all the questions personally.



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Shady said:


Ask Wale: Hasselbeck, great books and Alex Brown's PAWS... Because AB is a BEAST! Seriously, he bats down passes and kicks AND teams don't run screens to his side because he INTs everything.

You and AB have basically been the Bears defense so far this season, thank you for stepping up for the team. Keep it going in Seattle this weekend Wale, Bear down!

Cutler2Olsen said:

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Wale, I'll be at the goal line this weekend. I'll probably be the only Bears jersey in Qwest, but I'll do what I can to equal the noise. Bear Down!! Kill em Sunday!! Can't Wait!!

dbosted814 said:

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Cutler2Olsen... I was at the Bears Seachicken's game in 2004 at Qwest field. There were just as many Bears jerseys in the crowd. Oh and I will be there as well proudly wearing my Bears jersey. I will be in a season ticket holder section near the goal line as well on the Chicago side of the field. Lets show the Seasqwaks what real fans a re like!! Bear Down!!!

Cutler2Olsen said:

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I was there in 07 and there were not too many friends in the stands. Hopefully this year will be different. Wow, the offense has changed in two years. No Rex, NO Ced, Can't wait!! GO BEARS!!!

PDiddy said:

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Hey nice miss on Seneca Wallace! Quit biting on those damn fakes!

IrishSweetness said:


Yup. Agree with you on Heart of Darkness, Wale. That is a hard read. Apocalypse Now was great though ;o)

Please ask the Bear's offensive line to ask God into their lives, it seems to have worked for you.

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