Former Chicago Bear and Super Bowl champion Otis Wilson dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss his life, career, and book, If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Bears: Stories from the Chicago Bears Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box. Wilson shared his thoughts on many topics in the book, including Jay Cutler.
Wilson wasn’t a fan.
“I saw a guy that can throw the football, (but) I never saw a guy that was a leader and a guy that wanted to lead and a guy that made that offense like Jim McMahon did, made them guys play,” Wilson said on The DA Show. “They all came together for Jim. Jay seems like when something went wrong, it was their fault; it was never his fault. I think he had enough talent, but he just didn’t have the mentality to move that offense.”
Wilson, 60, played for the Bears from 1980-87 and was a starting linebacker on perhaps the greatest defense of all time. Wilson, along with Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael, William Perry, Richard Dent, Mike Singletary, Gary Fencik, and Dave Duerson, among others, dominated the NFL.
In recent years, however, several members of that Bears team have struggled with their health, including Dave Duerson, who suffered from CTE and took his own life in 2011.
“Dave and I were very good friends,” Wilson said, “and that was a low time for me. A lot of signs were standing out there that I didn’t realize until after the fact. You’re talking about a great individual. It’s unfortunate with this CTE that these guys go through that, and there’s really no way to tell until after the guy’s gone. It’s unfortunate.”
Wilson was asked if he worries about developing CTE.
“I worry about it, yes, like anything – whether it’s a knee or shoulder or hip,” he said. “I hear about guys getting all this stuff replaced, but that’s one thing you can’t replace. When you’re gone, you’re gone. It’s definitely on my mind.”