Superstitions exist in the world of sports. Whether it be in the form of special socks, bracelet, jewelry or a pregame prayer, athletes have their routines. Their ticks. But for Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, it came in the form of an arm sleeve worn on his throwing arm. Now, did this sleeve allow him to throw for six touchdowns in the dismantling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4? We can’t say for sure. But his teammates seem to think so.
In fact, his teammates won’t even let him play without the sleeve.
Trubisky announced on Wednesday that he’ll be donning the sleeve again in hopes of continued success when his team hits the road to take on the Miami Dolphins. Last Wednesday during practice Trubisky told the story of how it all began.
“I had a little cut on my arm a few weeks ago, and then it reopened in Arizona on the first drive and was just gushing everywhere,” Trubisky told ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson earlier in the week. “And I didn’t want that to happen against the Buccaneers, and I covered it up. And then you play pretty well, some superstition, call it what you want. I also got a lot of threats that I have to wear it, so …”
The power of the sleeve accounted for six touchdowns, 354 yards and no interceptions for Trubisky, tying a franchise record for most touchdowns thrown in a game.
“I’m going to keep it on,” Trubisky adds. “We’ll see what the color is. But it feels comfortable, gives me a little more swag or whatever. Just go out there and do your thing with the arm sleeve. So we’ll see.”
In the meantime, the Bears picking up Khalil Mack before the season looks the like smartest move of the offseason. Right now, the Bears lead the NFC North with a 3-1 record. And to be honest, no other team — between the Packers, Vikings and Lions — look all that good. Not on both sides of the ball, at least. With the Bears starting to figure it out on offense, things get interesting. Through four games in his second season, Trubisky is completing 70% of his passes for 938 yards, eight TDs and three interceptions. That’s good for a quarterback rating of 101.6.
Of course he’s going to keep the sleeve on.