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CHICAGO — Andy Phillips was one of the most reliable kickers in Utah football history, converting 84 of 100 field-goal attempts and 175-176 extra points in his four-year career with the Utes.

He was also an excellent ambassador for the university. In his time at Utah, the Draper native left a promising alpine career with the U.S. Ski Team for football and earned a master’s degree in information systems.

Since signing a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears in the NFL, “Automatic Andy” hasn’t changed as much as you’d think. He was recently brought in to help conduct the Bears’ Mini-Monsters’ youth football camp for 150 aspiring football players through the league’s “Play 60” program on Chicago’s South Side.

“We’ve got a couple of drills, and the kids were having a blast. We had a blast,” Phillips said. “It’s a cool opportunity for us to give back and to fill more connected to this city. A lot of us rookies are from everywhere, so this was a cool way to get involved and get to know the culture in Chicago.”

Watch the former Utah kicker in the video above, including his attempt to beat his youth challengers in a foot race.

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