[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter 10 years of service to the Chicago Bears, center Roberto Garza was released by the team last Thursday.
While Garza has not made the Pro Bowl in his career, he has been a consistent figure in the Bears locker room. He showcased his versatility by starting his tenure on the Bears as a guard, then became a center four seasons ago after Olin Kreutz left the team for the New Orleans Saints. Garza started 145 games for the Bears, the fourth highest number of starts for an offensive lineman.
Garza came to the Bears in 2005 after the Baltimore Ravens withdrew their offer to the center when they found out he had a replacement ligament and no ACL. A few weeks later, the Bears offered Garza a spot on their team and have not turned back ever since. He is probably one of the most beloved Bears.
Off the field, Garza was known for his charitable contributions to the community. He has contributed to several scholarships that benefit Chicago’s Latino students and is a member of the United Way.
Despite parting ways with Garza, the Bears still are grateful for his service to the team.
“They thanked me for my years of service and said they are going in a different direction,” Garza told the Chicago Tribune. “Whenever it is done, they would like me to come back and retire as a Bear, so I thought that was nice. They didn’t have to do that for me. I am honored they said that.”