Former Chicago Bear Anthony "Spice" Adams played nine seasons in the National Football League as a defensive tackle. He loves football — both playing it and talking about it.
He's a big man with a big personality that should launch him on his next career: His new TV show, "Inside the Bears," debuts Sept. 14 on WFLD-Ch. 32.
"It's geared around fun and entertainment. We may not talk about a lick of football at all," he said at lunch at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.
Adams ordered a salad. I told him he should try that crazy bacon. He did.
"We can come here and talk bacon, which would be right up my alley," said Adams. "I'll talk to some of the defensive linemen, the offensive linemen, we can just talk about honey buns and PayDays and Snickers."
But we weren't there to talk bacon or honey buns. We were there to talk with Adams and his wife, Andenika, a licensed pharmacist, about their 5-year-old son, Anthony Adams III.
Any NFL player is a superb athlete. And Andenika was a swimmer. So the couple could likely produce a good football player.
Except that their son won't be playing. Adams wouldn't mind if his son became a golfer. His wife hopes he becomes a scientist. But football? No way.
"I'm public — I don't want my son to play," Adams told me. "I know how it feels after you're done. I know how it feels while you're playing it, and I just felt that if he played baseball or golf, he could play for a lot longer. Especially golf. There are 70-year-olds playing golf.
"You don't have to have a (particular) body type to play golf," he said. "You can be comfortable with how you look and make millions of dollars and get all kind of perks."
He didn't have to say another key difference — that golf won't scramble your brains.
Adams says that if his son grows up and is desperate to play football, he won't stop him. But you can see the father in his eyes when he says it.
On the walls there were flat-screen TVs turned to sports and the news was about De'Antre Turman, the college-bound 16-year-old star defensive back from Creekside High School in Georgia.
Turman was tackling a receiver late last week when, as a coach described it, "his body just went limp." The tackle broke Turman's neck, and he died.
"I don't want him to play football at all," Andenika said of her son. "I just don't want my son to play football. Just because of the injuries … the concussions and all of the problems that some of the players have. I just don't want … I'll support him, but I really don't want him to play.
"I have life plans for him," she told me. "You know how moms are."
"I want him to be a marine biologist. He can work at the Shedd (Aquarium). Or he can work for (Disney's) Animal Kingdom. Or he can go work for Atlantis (water park) and train dolphins. That's my life for him. With that, I've planned his life out for him. That's it."
And if he plays sports?
"This is going to be purely for fun," she said. "And we're going to rely on academics and that's going to be your first career."