Bears rookie tight end aspires to be a doctor post-football

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. - With Martellus Bennett gone and Zach Miller moving up the depth chart, the Bears have a hole to fill at tight end.

Former Harvard standout Ben Braunecker may be the man for the job.

After going undrafted, one thing's for sure - he has plenty of motivation.

"Projections had me anywhere from [round] four to six," explained Braunecker. "I sat there on draft day for about seven hours on my couch with an ESPN camera in my face watching every pick go by. That definitely puts a chip on my shoulder."

Some publications in the Boston-area were just as high on the Indiana native, comparing him to Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, even dubbing him "Bronk."

But Braunecker is just happy to have a chance.

"I want to make this team. I'm driven to make this team and I'm really thankful the Bears gave me an opportunity."

Fortunately, Braunecker has a back-up plan if things don't work out.

"You don't go to Harvard to be a professional football player," remarked Braunecker. "It was the best of both worlds really. While I was there, we won Ivy League championships. I still have plans or aspirations to be a doctor post-football."

An infectious disease doctor to be exact.

Given his knowledge of the field, Braunecker was asked if he had any advice for athletes heading to Brazil this summer.

"Don't get pregnant."