Former CFL Quarterback Joins Chicago Bears Coaching Staff

Football Coach, Coaching, American

Mike Loftus is an Elmhurst, Illinois-based marketing executive who has served as president of MLE Merchandising & Sign Solutions, Inc., since 2002. During this time, he has grown the business from the ground up to achieve annual revenue that exceeds $25 million. Outside of his work, Mike Loftus enjoys following the National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears.

In early 2021, the Bears added former Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterback Henry Burris to their coaching staff as an offensive quality control coach. Burris spent time with the Bears in 2020 as a “seasonal” coach after impressing team management during training camp, which he attended as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. The quarterback played briefly in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and the Bears in the early 2000s. He threw for 2017 yards and three touchdowns in six games with Chicago in 2002.

However, the 45 year old is best known for his time in the CFL. He joined the league in 1997 as a member of the Calgary Stampeders. He spent a combined 10 seasons with the team over two stints and also played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Ottawa Redblacks. He won three Grey Cups and retired in 2016 after accumulating 57,968 passing yards and 340 touchdowns. He was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2020.