LeBron James Praises 'Special' Justin Fields During Bears QB's Preseason Debut

Adam WellsAugust 14, 2021

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The hype for Justin Fields went into overdrive during the Chicago Bears' first preseason game Saturday. 

Late in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins, LeBron James was so impressed with what he saw from the Bears rookie that he called him "special" in a Twitter post:

LeBron James @KingJames

Justin Fields is so SPECIAL man!! Keep going Young 👑

The Los Angeles Lakers star sent that tweet moments before Fields threw a 30-yard touchdown to Jesse James. 


Another TD for the rook! 🐻<a href="https://twitter.com/justnfields?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@justnfields</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoBears?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChicagoBears</a> <br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MIAvsCHI?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MIAvsCHI</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFLNetwork</a> (or check local listings)<br>📱: <a href="https://t.co/VJzItUyljP">https://t.co/VJzItUyljP</a> <a href="https://t.co/iN3KbJ9Q5n">pic.twitter.com/iN3KbJ9Q5n</a>

LeBron James @KingJames

👆🏾Sent that right before he just threw a TD off the Play Action to Jesse James

During his postgame press conference, Fields was flattered when asked about being praised by James: 

Brad Biggs @BradBiggs

Justin Fields says he’s never met <a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingJames</a> but he really appreciates the shout outs via the Twitter Machine. Fields said it’s the 2nd time it has happened.

After Andy Dalton played the first two drives for the Bears, head coach Matt Nagy gave Fields an extended look.

The former Ohio State star led back-to-back touchdown drives in the third quarter, including a rushing touchdown from eight yards out. 

Expectations were already high for Fields after the Bears traded up to select him with the No. 11 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Based on the early returns, Chicago fans are likely already carving his Hall of Fame bust.