BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Corey Cogdell-Unrein, the wife of Chicago Bears defensive lineman Mitch Unrein, won her second lifetime Olympic medal Sunday, taking home the bronze for Team USA in the women’s trap shooting event.
“It was stressful on Sunday, but it was fun,” said Mitch, who watched Corey compete in Rio on the Olympic live stream from Chicago.
“Once she actually had the bronze medal sealed up, I could breathe a sigh of relief. She called me and we were just really ecstatic. I knew all the work she put in the last four years, and for it to pay off for her was … our prayers were answered.”
Corey also won bronze in the 2008 Olympics.
Unrein said he viewed Sunday’s trap shooting competition with only teammate Chris Prosinski, but Saturday, the entire Bears team showed support for Corey by wearing “Team Unrein” Olympic T-shirts designed by kicker Robbie Gould.
“I was so surprised,” Unrein said. “I came in and they had a big stack of those shirts, and Robbie Gould — I finally found out because everyone was coming up to me and saying, ‘Thanks for the shirt!’ It wasn’t me! But I wish it was my idea now. It’s so cool to have teammates like that that support one another. Robbie, he’s a leader on this team, and he made a great choice of doing that. I really think that it brings us closer as a team when you have situations like that.”
Unrein laughed when asked if he helped raise his wife’s profile by being a professional football player.
He said it’s quite the opposite.
“People are like, ‘How did you get her to marry you?’” Unrein said with a grin. “And I’m like, ‘You know, I’m a smooth talker maybe. I don’t know.’ I hit a home run when I got to marry her. She’s one in a million. There are not too many times you can say, ‘My wife is a three-time Olympian and has two medals.’ It’s so cool to watch her achieve her dreams. It’s so cool that we’re both kind of at the pinnacle of our sports. It really helps our relationship.”