Chicago Bears Make Big Moves at Quarterback During 2017 Offseason


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Chicago Bears

Since 2009, Mark Allen Hanrahan has sourced and closed real estate transactions as the managing partner of Markmel Company, LLC in Urbandale, Iowa. In his spare time, Mark Allen Hanrahan enjoys rooting for the Chicago Bears.

The 2016 season was quite disappointing for dedicated Bears fans, as the team struggled to a disappointing 3-16 record and finished last in the NFC North division. Nevertheless, the Bears’ management team made some big moves during the off season, which should propel the squad to success in 2017 and beyond.

First, the released veteran quarterback Jay Cutler, who decided to retire after the Bears let him go. Next, the team signed 27-year-old quarterback Mike Glennon for a three year contract for $14.5 million per year. While Glennon hadn’t started a game since 2014 for his previous team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many feel he has the skills and experience to lead the Bears.

Their second move was also at quarterback, where they traded up in draft picks from the number three spot to number two in order to acquire Mitchell Trubisky from the University of North Carolina. He signed with the team for a four year $29 million contract combined with a $19.25 million signing bonus.

Four Lesser-Known Japanese Foods

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As the managing partner at Markmel Company LLC in Urbandale, Iowa, Mark Allen Hanrahan identifies and closes transactions involving venture capital and real estate. When not dedicating his time to his business, Mark Allen Hanrahan enjoys traveling and sampling different cuisines, and he has a love for Japanese dishes. While sushi and tempura are mainstays on Western-influenced Japanese menus, some less-familiar Japanese foods include:

1. Onigiri. Simply called “rice balls” by many, these seasoned treats are filled with a variety of different ingredients, from salmon to roasted pork belly. Originally, they were made as easy snacks for those in wartime Japan in the 17th century.

2. Omurice. The name of this dish is a mixture of the English words “omelet” and “rice,” and the dish combines eggs and rice. The rice is also often mixed with meat and vegetables of the maker’s choice, and ketchup finishes an omurice plate.

3. Ankimo. Comparable to foie gras, ankimo is gently salted fish liver, often served with a delicate ponzu sauce.

4. Natto. An acquired taste for many, this pungent dish is regarded as a Japanese comfort food. Extremely healthy, natto is made of fermented soybeans that are both gooey and crunchy.

Prominent Iowa State Cyclones Who Played in the NBA

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Zaid Abdul-Aziz

A managing partner with Markmel Co., Mark Allen Hanrahan has over 25 years of experience in real estate investing. A resident of Iowa, Mark Allen Hanrahan actively supports the Iowa State Cyclones athletic teams.

To date, 29 former Iowa State basketball players have played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Below are three of the most prominent players.

1. Zaid Abdul-Aziz: The fifth overall pick in the 1968 NBA Draft, Abdul-Aziz played 10 seasons in the league, mostly with the Houston Rockets and Seattle Supersonics. He retired following the 1977-78 season with a career average of nine points and eight rebounds per game.

2. Kelvin Cato: A first-round pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1997 NBA Draft, Cato was immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he spent the first two seasons of his 10-year career. He was later traded by Portland to the Houston Rockets in a deal involving Scottie Pippen.

3. Jeff Hornacek: A 14-year NBA veteran, Hornacek was drafted 46th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 1986. The 6-foot-3 guard is a one-time NBA All-Star and averaged 14.5 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game over his career.

The Career of Chicago Bears Legend Walter Payton


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Walter Payton

The recipient of an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Drake University, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a Chartered Financial Analyst who serves as a managing partner with Markmel Co., where he focuses on venture capital and real estate investments. Outside of his professional endeavors, Mark Allen Hanrahan is an avid fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears.

No player in Bears history has been as dominant as running back Walter Payton. In fact, despite retiring in 1987, Payton remains Chicago’s all-time rushing leader with 16,726 career yards. For comparison sake, Matt Forte is second all-time with 8,602 yards. Payton recorded a franchise-best 110 rushing touchdowns, 65 more than Forte and 59 better than Neal Anderson, who is second in franchise history.

Payton was drafted by the Bears with the fourth overall pick in the 1975 NFL draft and played his entire 13-year career with the team. He was named league MVP in 1977 after recording a career-high 1,852 rushing yards and a league-best 14 rushing touchdowns. Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, and passed away in 1999 at the age of 45.