Brian Urlacher has been fairly open about his feelings about the Chicago Bears situation. After the Chicago Bears decided to part ways with the linebacker, he retired earlier than maybe he had hoped.
“They better not win the championship without me, ’cause then I’ll be really pissed,” Urlacher said.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he understood Urlacher’s situation and feelings about it. Former Bears head coach Mike Ditka was less understanding however.
“My advice would be to put it behind you,” Ditka told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Brian has been such a great player for the Bears and an ambassador for the team. Not many guys get to play 13 years for the same team. Usually, when you change GMs and a new regime comes in, they’re going to make tough decisions.
“Mr. Emery decided that Brian wouldn’t be part of the plan,” Ditka added. “There’s nothing you can do about it. You know, the game of football was very good to Brian, but it owes him nothing now. You just have to move on.”
The Bears also made Brian Urlacher the highest earning linebacker in NFL history. Not even Ray Lewis, who played 4 season longer than Urlacher, made more money. Urlacher made $108 million with the Bears, Lewis made $107 million.