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James Daniels Graduates from Iowa in his Bear Jersey
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James Daniels graduated from Iowa in his Bears jersey

By: Alyssa Barbieri | 23 hours ago

Chicago Bears offensive lineman James Daniels celebrated a huge milestone this past weekend, when he returned to Iowa to receive his college degree.

Daniels earned a B.A. in Health and Human Physiology with a 3.24 GPA.

The 21-year-old lineman made the decision to leave college early to start his NFL career in 2018. He was drafted in the second round by the Bears and went on to establish himself as a key piece of the offensive line in his rookie season.

On Saturday, Daniels walked across the stage to receive his diploma and then opened his graduation gown to reveal he was wearing his No. 68 Bears jersey underneath.

Despite leaving Iowa early, Daniels made it a point to return to college and graduate with his degree.

“Yeah, it does mean a lot to me,” Daniels told NBC 13 about graduating. “Not everybody gets to go to college and be able to finish a college degree. There’s a whole bunch of people who are in my position who won’t go back and finish their degree, so it just means a lot that I was able to come back and do it.”

Daniels, who started 10 games for Chicago last season, played an integral role on the offensive line at left guard. There’s been talk about Daniels and center Cody Whitehair switching positions this offseason, which quarterback Mitch Trubisky seemed to indicate is likely.

“Whatever decision that they make, I truly believe it’s best for this offense,” Trubisky told me earlier this month. “With James going to center and Cody going to guard, and however they want to flip-flop them, when they believe that it’s going to make our offense and offensive line better, everyone’s bought into that.”

With Daniels playing center in college and Whitehair having experience at guard in college and the pros, the switch would only serve to strengthen what’s already a solid offensive line.

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Just how cool is this?

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Re: James Daniels Graduates from Iowa in his Bear Jersey
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I guess there is more to the story. He had borrowed the jersey after asking if anyone nearby had one. So it was a fans jersey. 

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Calbrooks wrote:

I guess there is more to the story. He had borrowed the jersey after asking if anyone nearby had one. So it was a fans jersey. 

When Jake Tolander bought a No. 68 James Daniels Bears jersey last year, he never dreamed that Daniels himself would wear it during one of the most important moments of the offensive lineman’s life.

But that’s exactly what happened this past weekend when fate—with an assist from social media—brought the two men together.

Daniels wanted to wear his Bears jersey under his gown when he graduated from the University of Iowa on Saturday. But he hadn’t brought one with him from Halas Hall, so he asked his Twitter followers if anyone in Iowa City had one of his jerseys he could borrow for the ceremony.

An avid fan of the Bears and Iowa Hawkeyes, Tolander responded via direct message and arranged to bring the size XXL jersey to Daniels. Tolander and his girlfriend, Lydia Neeley, met up with Daniels and watched proudly as the Bears’ 2018 second-round draft pick wore it during the graduation ceremony.

“I never thought that would happen, but it was really cool,” said Tolander, a 27-year-old Iowa City resident. “When we brought it to him, he was extremely nice. It was awesome.”

After the ceremony, Daniels autographed the jersey and gave it back to Tolander, who now has not only a prized keepsake but a great story to tell.

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https://www.chicagobears.com/news/daniels-borrows-his-own-jersey-from-bears-fan

I find it kinda humorous he needed to borrow his out jersey! But I can see how it could happen.

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