Braunecker: “It Was Great Being Out There!”

Former Forest Park and Harvard standout Ben Braunecker walks with his Chicago Bears teammates onto the field prior to the team's game October 2nd against Detroit. Braunecker was called up to the Bears active roster the day before. PHOTO: Bill Smith/Chicago Bears CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

Former Forest Park and Harvard standout Ben Braunecker (84) walks with his Chicago Bears teammates onto the field prior to the team’s game October 2nd against Detroit at Soldier Field.
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Chicago (NNDC) – Ben Braunecker had himself quite a Halloween night Monday.

The Ferdinand-native caught his first pass in an NFL game as the Bears beat AFC-North leading and bitter rival Minnesota 20-10 at Soldier Field.

The undrafted tight end who starred at Harvard became the first-ever former Forest Park Ranger to make an NFL roster when he was elevated from the Bears’ practice squad October 1st prior to the Bears home game with Detroit.

Braunecker has seen game action on special teams for Chicago in all five games he’s been on the active roster, but Monday night’s game was his first where he saw action with the Bears offense.

With 8:35 to go in the second quarter, Braunecker caught a pass from quarterback Jay Cutler (Heritage Hills HS/Vanderbilt) for eight yards.

Braunecker tells NewsNow Dubois County he hopes Monday was just the beginning for more time with the Chicago offense. He says, “It was great to be out there as I’m looking to contribute in every way I can.”

Braunecker’s reception set up Juwan Howard’s touchdown run from two yards out on the next play to give the Bears a 13-0 lead at that point of the ballgame.

The catch was Braunecker’s only reception of the game.

The Bears improved to 2-6 win the win. The Vikings fell to 5-2.

Braunecker says far more important than his catch, is the fact the Bears played their best game of the season as a team Monday night.

“It was great to see how we rallied on a national stage in a game against our division leaders,” said Braunecker Tuesday from Chicago.

The game was televised nationally on ESPN.

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