Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has been receiving plenty of praise since announcing his retirement this month, but the latest praise is a bit unique. One of Urlacher’s rivals has come forward to say just how much he enjoyed playing against one of the games all-time greats. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the man who praised Urlacher and it had to mean a lot for the Bears linebacker to hear the words from a bitter rival.
“From schematic stuff to silly plays that might have been called. We had a back-and-forth one time where I’m making a check, he’s making a check, his voice cracks, so laughing about that a few plays later during a TV timeout,” Rodgers said, via ESPNChicago.com. “Some of the checks he would do were often very colorful. If he had been miked up at those times there would have been some good, unedited NFL Films stuff, but I just always appreciated the way he played the game, his approach, his professionalism, and competing against him was a great honor.”
While Rodgers loved playing against one of the best that ever stepped on the football field, we have a feeling there is also some relief that Urlacher will no longer be lining up opposite him twice a year.
Greatness always recognizes greatness, so it is no surprise that Rodgers publicly acknowledged what Urlacher brought to the game.