LEBANON — The last few days have been quite eventful for former McKendree University offensive lineman Richie Rebmann.
On Saturday, Rebmann received his undergraduate degree from the University. Then on Monday, he received a call many collegiate football players hope to get following their playing career. Rebmann has been invited to attend the rookie camp of the Chicago Bears, which will be held Friday through Sunday in Lake Forest.
"This is something that you dream about, to have that opportunity to show what you can do," said Rebmann. "I'm extremely happy to get this opportunity from the Bears, and I plan to represent McKendree University and players from small colleges to the best of my abilities. Hopefully this weekend will lead to bigger things."
A four-year starter at offensive tackle for McKendree, Rebmann helped anchor a unit that evolved from a Wing-T to a spread offense this past season. He played a big part of the Bearcats' success in its new passing attack as he allowed just one quarterback sack in 10 games. After garnering honorable mention All-Conference honors during McKendree's first season as members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2012, Rebmann collected first-team All-GLVC accolades last fall.
"In the short time I have known Richie, he has impressed me as one of the hardest working players I have ever coached," said McKendree head football coach Mike Babcock, who took the reins of the Bearcats' program in December 2012. "I'm proud of him for earning this tryout with the Bears. He is very deserving of this and I know he will make the most of this opportunity."
Rebmann attended a Bears' combine in mid-April. Following the workout, Rebmann was not selected in the recently-concluded NFL draft and did not hear from the team again until Monday's phone call. He will join other undrafted free agents, along with the Bears' draft picks and other free-agent signees, for the mini camp. Rebmann says he will arrive in Lake Forest on Thursday and will work out with the team through Sunday.
"I'm really looking forward to getting out on the field and proving myself to the Bears' organization," said Rebmann. "I'm thankful to my family, friends and coaches for helping me get this opportunity."