Jerry Angelo denies rumors he's headed toward retirement

Rumors have circulated in Chicago since early in the season that Bears general manager Jerry Angelo would retire at the end of the season.

Speculation was that after hiring his longtime friend Tim Ruskell to as the director of personnel in the spring, Angelo would engineer a way to hand off his job to Ruskell on his way out the door.

Coming off his third NFC North Division title since 2005, Angelo, who has a contract that runs through 2013, says that is not the case.

“You know, I don’t even know why that is important to anybody,” Angelo said. “I’ve heard it. It’s no big deal. The only one that is happy to hear that is my wife. But that’s not going to happen. I am very fortunate to be here and as along I am blessed with health, I continue to do what I love to do and that is be a part of football. Thank you guys, appreciate it.”

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