Brian Urlacher has been the face of the Chicago Bears organization for years. But as the Bears made the transition to a new head coach, they decided to get younger to and parted ways with Urlacher.
Urlacher was forced to retire earlier than he wanted to. While he’ll root for the Bears, his former team, he doesn’t want them to do too well.
“I’m going for them,” Urlacher said on the Dave Dameshek Football Program. “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. They better not win the championship without me, ’cause then I’ll be really pissed.”
The possibility remains that he was joking and the humor was just too dry and we didn’t get it. But if you were forced to retire early with out a Super Bowl ring, you’d probably feel the same way. I would.
“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,” he reiterated.
It would be crushing to watch your team win so closely after you were forced out.
“There’s nothing that could bring me back,” he said.