CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew, shufflin' on down, doin' it for you.
"We're so bad we know we're good, blowin' your mind like we knew we would.
"We know we're just struttin' for fun, struttin' our stuff for everyone.
"We're not here to start no trouble; we're just here to do the Super Bowl shuffle."
For those over 40, are you cringing yet? For all you youngsters, this was the rap anthem for the 1985 Chicago Bears, perhaps the baddest and brashest of all Super Bowl champs. And you may not know/have forgotten this: That 7-minute ditty was nominated for a Grammy and nearly cracked the Billboard Top 40.
James Gayle's uncle, Shaun Gayle, didn't get his own verse but sang in the background chorus. Now a defensive end on Virginia Tech's improved defense, James Gayle has a small familiarity with the video.
That's understandable. The video is 28 years old and the younger Gayle is not. Today's football players are more likely to see the 1986 "Walk This Way" video by Run DMC/Aerosmith on VH1.
"I saw it a long time ago," he said. "I don't remember much, just seeing them dancing around. I wasn't born until eight years after that ... oh, the '85 Bears, maybe six years."
The uncle was a defensive back back in the day, but the nephew certainly is not. He is a 6-foot-4, 255-pound monster of a defensive end who set team weightlifting records at that position, has posted at least a 391/2-inch vertical jump and was once timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
As he prepares for his team's game at noon Saturday against Marshall, his last play to date is as notable as any. As East Carolina tried to drive for a tying field goal late in the game last week, Gayle put an emphatic end to that - he smacked quarterback Shane Carden's arm before it went forward, and the resulting fumble ended in a Virginia Tech safety and a 15-10 lead.
That was his second of the Hokies' seven sacks and earned him defensive linemen of the week honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference.