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On the eve of NFL training camp, former Boise State lineman helps fans in need

Chicago Bears tackle Charles Leno walks off the field after a game against the Green Bay Packers in 2015.
Chicago Bears tackle Charles Leno walks off the field after a game against the Green Bay Packers in 2015. AP

With training camp on the horizon, Chicago Bears offensive lineman Charles Leno made his first big play of the season Wednesday.

Leno tweeted that while driving near Chicago he spotted a bus bedecked with Bears logos and painted in the team’s colors on the side of the road. Leno, a Boise State graduate, pulled over to offer his assistance and took photos with the fans gassing up the bus.

One of the men, Jim Martin, later tweeted an update that the bus was gassed up and headed to Iowa for a bike race. Martin said “it was great to meet (Leno)“ and that there would be a great story to start the trip. Leno pulled over just after Martin’s group had called a mechanic, who was on his way.

Leno had some fun with the incident, saying that he didn’t want to go into camp with any bad karma. He was asked by a fan if he would stop for a Green Bay Packers bus. Leno tweeted, “Is this even a question??? NO”

The Bears reported to training camp Thursday in Bourbonnais, Ill. Leno was a seventh-round pick by the Bears in 2014, but has started at left tackle in 30 games the past two seasons. He signed a four-year, $38 million extension with the team in August, $21.5 million of it guaranteed.

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