On Sunday, September 15, the Chicago Bears will celebrate Latino Heritage Month. One of the Bears’ standout players is Center Roberto Garza, who has started nearly every game since coming to the Bears in 2005. Born of immigrant parents in Texas, Garza is a leader in the community as well as on the field.
While only 1 percent of NFL players are of Latino heritage (just 24 players on Opening Day rosters), Garza was not the first Latino Bear. Peter Perez – whose parents came from Zacatecas, Mexico - was a star Guard at Marmion Military Academy and University of Illinois, and played for the 1945 Bears. He later joined the Aurora (Illinois) Police Department and was Kane County Undersheriff.