Tarik Cohen was born in Bunn, North Carolina. He played football and competed in track at Bunn High School. He attended North Carolina A and T where he played football. He was the leading rusher as a freshman in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Cohen is only 5-foot-six, but with each season in college, he set more and more school and conference records. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round in 2017. Cohen was so athletically talented that there was little he couldn’t do. In 2017, he was the first rookie since Gale Sayers’s 1965 performance to record a rushing, passing, receiving, and punt-return touchdown in a season. Cohen offered an outlet for Bears’ quarterback Mitch Trubisky and a good counter to straight-ahead running back Jordan Howard. In 2018, Cohen had 1169 yards from scrimmage.  The Bears offense was much more diversified in 2019, when Cohen had 669 yards from scrimmage. Still, on every down that Cohen played, the defense had to be ready for his speed and agility. In 2020, Cohen suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game against the Falcons. In 2018, Cohen was All-Pro and he was invited to the Pro Bowl.  He was also awarded the Brian Piccolo Award.

New Sporting Chance Press Football Book for Youth:

PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS reviews the exciting story of George Halas and his dynamic role in professional football for those in middle school and older. Halas who was present in the first days of the National Football League (NFL) all the way into the modern age of football. Author Patrick McCaskey, a Chicago Bears Vice President and Director, is a grandson of Papa Bear George Halas. McCaskey highlights his grandfather’s life with key events from the 20th century. McCaskey follows Halas as a student, athlete, soldier, coach, team owner—a man of commerce and community. Halas’s 20th century path is laid out before readers.

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