Nickerson resigns coaching post
Former Buccaneers linebacker Hardy Nickerson has resigned his position as Bears linebackers coach.
He told the Chicago Tribune in today's editions that family concerns -- particularly health issues with his mother and mother-in-law -- require his presence at home in North Carolina.
For now, he says, he'll put coaching on the back burner. Nickerson had just completed his first season of coaching, making it a tough decision for the 42-year-old four-time Pro Bowl selection.
"I have some family issues that I definitely have to deal with," he told the Tribune. "With three teens and my wife doing all she can, I'm needed around the house.
"Football is definitely my passion. I enjoy the challenge of getting the guys prepared every week. Later on down the line — maybe five years or so — I'm going to consider getting back into the game."
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