While everyone is quarantined at home, we're checking in with your favorite Chicago sports people. In this editition, we're catching up with former Chicago Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt.
David Kaplan: How are you handling being quarantined down there in beautiful Florida?
Dave Wannstedt: Well you know, obviously trying to be careful like everybody. But I had knee replacement about a month ago so I'm doing rehab. I get to get out of the house and go to my rehab facility which is great. I look forward to that, never thought I would. A little biking now that I'm getting moving around bniking, walking, and moving around the pool so you know and catching up on my uh.. I'm binge watching, as the young people say you know?
Kap: What are you binge watching? Tiger King?
Wanny: Tiger King. No. You know what, my wife watches that. Kapper that's right up your alley.
Kap: I love it!
Wanny: Well I have seen some of it. There's too many moving parts, I'm like season 4 of Homeland, I finished Ray Donovan, I'm getting ready for Ozark when I get this done so I kind of got a gameplan to get me through.. Hopefully not.. Hopefully just a month or so.. Hopefully this doesn't go on forever.
Kap: So you are just bunkered down, just you and Jan right?
Wanny: Yes! Kids were all supposed to be here now coming from Chicago. Spring break and then Easter break so I know what everybody up there is dealing with because obviously we've been in close contact.
Kap: Ok. Which person in your person in your football life, If you had to be quarantined with a teammate or a guy you coached with, who would you be quarantined with if you had a choice?
Wanny: Oh god. Well I lived with Tony Wise and we.. we.. that wouldn't work. I talk to Jimmy once a week. Johnson. Between the two of us, no, neither one, I would get no sleep. That wouldn't work. Let me think, who would it be? You know what, probably, I'm trying to think of some of the guys I worked with that had a really good personality and it kind of meshed a little bit. Like a Mac Cavanaugh, somebody that's easy going. It couldn't be two A personalities.
Kap: No. Two types As and I've got that with my wife so.. Interesting.
Wanny: Oh god. You said coaching right? I wouldn't want to leave my wife out of this thing. She'll be watching.
Kap: Oh yeah no. Other than your wife.
Wanny: Perfect. Ok.
Kap: Jan's good.
Wanny: Any of my grandsons. My grandsons, I could be quarantined with them for over a year. I'd do a lot of coaching.
Kap: How long have you been married?
Wanny: Over 40 years.
Kap: God bless you man.
Wanny: Yup. Two kids, Two daughters. Six grandkids. Yup.
Kap: Is there anything you left up in Chicago, in your condo, or somewhere where you can't get to it and you're like "God I wish I had that."
Wanny: Yes! I had to buy a new knee brace. I have about six of them in my condo in Chicago and when I do certain exercises I want a little extra support. And I had them all up in Chicago. About fifteen years worth of.. five knee surgeries worth of braces and I had to go buy a new one. I couldn't get it down here.
Kap: Aright. Any favorite books that you've gotten into or podcasts or social media. Anything you're doing where I can't believe i'm doing it but I am doing it.
Wanny: No. You know what, no book wise, I'm not a good book reader. Motivational stuff, football stuff that doesn't do much for me anymore. I'm kind of into magazines. I'm kind of addicted to my iPad. I'm going through every sports station and news station, where I never really bothered with that stuff. So I would say, I've kind of become a… I'm on twitter now! I actually responded to two people on Twitter this morning. That's what I'm doing. I'm reading it and I'm hitting the little box to retweet some stuff.
Kap: God bless you.
Wanny: Bill Withers is a big fan of mine and at FOX I would have the studio guys before we went on the air live they would play It's a Lovely Day by Bill Withers. That's my ringtone on my phone. So with that being said he passed away unfortunately, I guess yesterday, so Matt Leinert and all those guys were sending stuff so I.. check my Twitter - Coach Wannstedt - you'll see. It'll get you up to speed.
Kap: On Bill Withers. He did Lean on Me didn't he?
Wanny: Lean on Me. Yes he did Lean on Me. Yup.
Kap: He was amazing. Alright, what's your go to quarantine meal? Your favorite meal to eat in quarantine.
Wanny: Burgers right there on that grill. I've got a big grill over there. Right there man. This is my outside.. This is my den, I don't ever come out of here. This is like my man cave, it's outside. I've got the tvs, I've got cookers, I've got a refrigerator, I've got a coach I can sleep on, smoke my cigars... So hamburgers on the grill. Nothing like a good burger on the grill, you know.
Kap: It's the best! The best. Last thing, are you out of toilet paper or were you able to get enough?
Wanny: No. No. I love. No. Are you kidding me! I stopped at the store on my way home from rehab today, I went in, I bought some cough drops and I bought some tylenol. And I needed a couple, there was anything you needed. Don't let the people who bought all that stuff, those hoarders, I think they should keep it. I hope those places aren't letting them return it, you know. You bought it, you own it!
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10 questions with Dave Wannstedt, fromer Bears coach originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago