Brian Urlacher says itís too soon for Bears to win Super Bowl without him
At the beginning, it must have been strange not falling into his decade old summer routine of working out with the team in preparation for playing football in fall. But by now, Urlacher has had a bit if time to make the adjustment to his new lifestyle.
"I'm enjoying it. I should have done it five years ago," Urlacher joked in an interview on the Dave Dameshek Football Program, while speaking from the American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. “It's been so nice, I got a bunch of family time this year, traveling, golfing obviously."
Urlacher hung up his cleats for good this offseason after the Bears decided not to bring him back, with a new head coach deciding to take the team in a younger direction. After spending his entire career with the Bears, he did not have the heart to play for another team. But despite his love for the organization, Urlacher still seems to be holding on to some bitterness over how his contract negotiations were handled by general manager Phil Emery.
"I just wish they would have been more honest with me,” said Urlacher. “I wish it were more honest, and it would have gone a lot smoother I think, on both sides.”
But he still has plenty of friends on the Bears, including Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers just to name a few. So, Urlacher will be still rooting for the Bears to win this year, while still hoping they won’t hit it too big immediately after his departure.
"I'm going for them. A lot of my friends are still on the team. A lot of my good friends — guys I played with for 10, 11 years — so I'm still rooting for them. I hope they do well,” said Urlacher. “(But) they better not win the championship without me, 'cause then I'll be really pissed."
The 35-year-old’s dry sense of humor makes it difficult to be certain he wasn't joking. But despite being recognized as one of the most feared defensive players of his era, Urlacher has never lifted the Lombardi trophy. The 6-foot-4, 258-pound linebacker led the Bears to the Super Bowl XLI, but Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts crushed his championship title dreams.
"Like I said, I've got a lot of friends on the team, but I don't want them to win the Super Bowl without me," Urlacher reiterated.
But the five time All-Pro added that there is nothing now that can make him go back on his retirement even if the Bears appear poised to make a Super Bowl run.
"There's nothing that could bring me back," said Urlacher.