Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears injured linebacker Brian Urlacher prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Urlacher Testing Out Golf Skills


Now that Chicago Bears middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher has decided to hang up the pads, he is looking to improve his handicap. The 35 year-old football player who played his entire career with the Bears announced his retirement last month, and is more than likely headed to Canton in five years. Urlacher will need an activity like golf to ease him through the start of training camps and the start of the new season and fight the urge to come back.

The Chicago Tribune reported on Friday that Urlacher participated in the Encompass Championship at North Shore County Club in Glenview.  He was joined by Bears coach Marc Trestman, punter Robbie Gould, former Bull Toni Kukoc and others.

Brian played in a foursome with Champions Tour veterans, Jeff Sluman, and Jay Haas. Sluman indicated he watched his entire career in Chicago, and it was a pleasure to play golf with him. Sluman commended Urlacher on his drives, but the huge linebacker was quick to point out that Jeff was out-driving him by 40 yards, and teeing it up 40 yards behind him on most tee shots.

Maybe becoming a golf pro is not in Urlacher’s future. He has considered coaching, but doesn’t want the put in the 90 hours a week that the job requires, and admits he might not have the patience for the job.

Fox Sports has told him that if he wants to be an analyst on Television, they would be willing to listen. I’m not sure we’ve seen the last of Brian Urlacher on the field. He has told his agent that there were no scenarios that would bring him to a training camp, but let’s take a wait and see attitude, and see if he can make it through training camps without getting the urge to suit up again.

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