Roquan Smith
Linebacker Roquan Smith Getty Images

Roquan Smith, linebacker for the Chicago Bears, had an emotional moment during a press conference after he found out his teammate and friend Robert Quinn was being dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chicago dealt Quinn for a fourth-round pick. Smith had to cut the press conference short after breaking down in tears. The moment serves as a reminder of the human side of pro sports and the bonds teammates build can lead to emotional moments like this one. It also is a stark example of the business side of sports.

The news broke before the Bears were given an opportunity to let the players in the locker room know what happened. Smith’s reaction speaks to the impact that Quinn had on his teammates. Quinn is now in his 12th season in the NFL and Smith is in his 5th NFL season.

The Bears are just coming off their biggest win of the season, after blowing out the Patriots 33-14. Smith and Quinn had been teammates for the past 3 seasons. Quinn will now get an opportunity to compete with the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles who have a legit shot at the Super Bowl this season.

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