Mitchell Trubisky claims he’s a “very simple person.”
The Bears rookie quarterback lived up to his self assessment as he showed up Thursday to Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois, in his aging Toyota Camry.
The 1997 Camry – handed down from the former North Carolina signalcaller’s grandmother – has 170,000 miles on it.
The car was a rookie the year Jim Druckenmiller was the first quarterback taken in the draft (No. 26 to the 49ers).
“I’m a very simple person,” Trubisky, the suprise second overall pick in last month’s NFL Draft, told CBS Chicago.com. “That’s who I’ve always been, that’s how I was raised, to be conservative and stick to who I am. That’s who I’m going to be.”
Trubisky is in the Chicago suburbs for the start of the Bears’ rookie minicamp.
It also fulfilled a promise Trubisky made to Bears general manager Ryan Pace.
“Ryan Pace made Tru promise he’d drive this car, formerly grandma’s car, to Halas Hall,” the Bears tweeted Thursday. “The kid kept his promise.”
The GM apparently thought Trubisky showing up for a pre-draft dinner in Chapel Hill with Bears brass in the old Camry was a positive character trait. The Bears traded up for San Francisco’s No. 2 pick to nab the North Carolina QB. It was a head-scratching move for Pace’s Bears after the team signed free agent Mike Glennon to a three-year, $ 45 million deal this offseason.
“I just have to come in, prove myself, learn the offense as quick as possible and help the Chicago Bears win,” Trubisky said on draft night in Philly.
As long as Trubisky can drive the Bears down the field, Chicago fans won’t care what kind of car he drives.