More than a dozen Chicago Bears headed to central Illinois to spend time in the tornado-ravaged community of Washington, helping with cleanup efforts and meeting with members of the community's high school football team. Players, including kicker Robbie Gould, made a second trip to Washington yesterday. They had lunch with high school students, donned Panthers team t-shirts and met with the teenage players who took the field just days after the storm to play in the state semifinals. The Bears and several staffers then helped pick up debris. The November 17th tornado damaged or destroyed about 1,000 homes in Washington. Bears corner Sherrick McManis grew up in Peoria, and says the damage is so bad "you feel it. Everything is destroyed."
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