Chicago Bears Fans: Meet creative artist Matthew Sharpe

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Chicago Bears, Akiem Hicks
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Sharpe can appreciate the current state of the defense

DWC: Who are some athletes you’d like to portray in your artwork that you haven’t used yet?

MS: I’m 1,000 percent playing to the hometown crowd, but literally preparing a piece featuring Akiem Hicks at the moment. I’m entirely biased towards the defensive side of the football and the passion and impact he brings to the field has made him a target for awhile now.

DWC: What is your most fond sports memory, whether playing or watching?

MS: Growing up in Canada as a Montreal Canadiens fan, it was watching that 1992-93 team capture the Stanley Cup. Still the last Canadian team to do so and that entire playoff run was something special.

DWC: Have you ever considered creating a piece based on that memory?

MS: While I’ve done some pieces feat. Patrick Roy, I’ve never done a composition celebrating that group. Heck of an idea.

DWC: Give me your top 5 favorite Chicago Bears players you’ve watched personally.

MS: That I’ve watched personally? Well, I was born in ’81, so let’s say: Walter Payton, Charles Tillman, Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester, and… can I say the entire ’85 defense? While I don’t technically remember watching it, I sure as heck have an appreciation for the greatest D of all-time.

DWC: In your objective opinion, how do you see the NFC North shaking out this upcoming season?

MS: Trubisky… it’s all about Trubisky. If he continues to improve in year 3, they’re about as complete a team as you can get and the favorites to snag the division. If he stagnates or settles into the Grossman threshold, I think the Bears are in trouble and the door opens for the Vikings.