"It's a fresh start for me," Smith says. "I really need it. These last four years seem like 10. But I think it's a pretty good ending for everyone involved. I get a new job with a chance. I get to help Mike Frier."
"What would be nice," Ditka says, "is if we could win a Super Bowl with Lamar playing a big role and Mike Frier on the sideline, cheering us on. You dream about happy endings. That'd be the happy ending to this story."
Happy? Not for Frier. But in this tragic story, that's as good as life can get right now.