Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton surprises season-ticket holders

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FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. -- Three lucky Bears season-ticket holders were in for a big surprise on Wednesday.

Chicago Bears Hall of Fame defensive end Dan Hampton surprised them at their homes and businesses with their season-tickets and signed memorabilia.

"I hate to say it, there hasn't been a whole lot of smiles and giggles with this team the last few years," Hampton joked. "There's a lot of reason for the fans to be excited [about the upcoming season], and I'm just a part of the delivery system to get them excited."

Joe Thomas of Franklin Park has been going to games since the early 1970s in his dad's season tickets dating back to 1948. Hampton and team mascot Staley surprised Thomas at his home with his tickets.

"Total shock. Speechless, it was awesome," Thomas said. "Obviously as a Bears fan I admired [Hampton's] play his entire career, so it was great meeting him."

Hampton also said he was optimistic the Bears new coaching staff would turn the team around this season.

"John Fox has been a winner wherever he's been," Hampton said. "We've got the two best coordinators in football. We've got some talent. Everybody says 'well who is going to place this?' I'll tell you what: Vic Fangio is going to make sure guys know what they're doing, and they're going to get after it. You couldn't say that about the last couple years on defense."

Hampton also surprised Rocky DiSilvestro at his business G & M Metal in Franklin Park. DiSilvestro has been a season-ticket holder since the 1960s and attended the Bears NFL Championship in 1963 at Wrigley Field.

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