Brian Urlacher, You're Worth What?
First, “Two of the people I don’t care about, fans or the media,” Urlacher said. This after the Bears lost to the Packers, when fans and media alike were calling for Coach Lovie Smiths job to be on the chopping block. Urlacher thought this was ridiculous. Yet, here we are 3 months later with a new head coach in Marc Trestman, and an entirely new coaching staff. Guess it was not so ridiculous. And I especially loved the part where he doesn't care about the fans. Nice PR Brian.
Now, Urlacher cannot come to terms with the Chicago Bears over money and is no longer a Bear. Urlacher clearly thinks he is worth a lot more money than what he was being offered. The Bears offered 2 million for a 1 year deal, Urlacher wanted 11.5 million for a 2 year deal, or so the news reports say. I believe he was willing to negotiate, but it seems the Bears were not.
Maybe its the new regime in Chicago, because from my perspective, as a fan, Urlacher got the shaft. There was something to be said for bringing back a future hall of famer to buy in to the new system, new coaching, be the leader that he has always been. But instead of having my sympathies, he turns around and says "Don't get me wrong...$2 million is a lot of money. But I'm not going to put my body through what it goes through during the season for that amount of money. Not for anybody. Not at this point of my career."
So Urlacher feels like the Bears slapped him in the face. And his comment makes me feel like he is slapping every Tom, Dick or Elizabeth in the face. So many of us would have loved to have the physical talents and abilities to be professional athletes. To get paid to do what we love. To get paid to get fit, get cheered on by thousands of fans, become famous doing what we love. And not only to get paid, but to get paid thousands, or in Urlacher's case, millions of dollars over the years. Stop talking Brian Urlacher. Seriously.
2 million dollars is more than many of us will see in a lifetime, some in physically difficult jobs, that also cause strain to a body. Others exercise to stay fit, for no money, but encounter various ailments, injuries and pain as they age especially. But 2 million is insulting?
You are worth that much more? Urlacher himself has said his knee will never be the same. He is not getting any younger. Having never gone through a football season and understanding the price their bodies take day in and day out, I certainly sympathize with Brian Urlacher about his plight. And I am sorry to see him leave the Bears. But the man needs to shut his mouth because all he continues to do is alienate fans and make me more than OK with his goodbyes. Will be interesting to see what you are actually worth.