Oct. 15, 2000: Popularity takes city, NFL by storm

It's because he made big plays on the field, like the game in which he notched two sacks in a loss to the Vikings at Soldier Field. It capped a span during which he had at least one sack in five consecutive games, and he went on to be named defensive rookie of the year. His jerseys sales skyrocketed, becoming one of the most popular for years to come.

James Prisching, Chicago Tribune
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