We’ve heard plenty of praise for Brian Urlacher since the linebacker announced his retirement earlier this week.
That praise has come from friend and foe alike, including a quarterback who has seen a lot of Urlacher since taking over as the starter in Green Bay. During an appearance on Jim Rome’s radio show, Aaron Rodgers called Urlacher his “favorite player to play against” and said that he’ll miss verbally jousting with Urlacher the next time that the Packers and Bears square off.
“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.”
We don’t doubt that Rodgers enjoyed squaring off with one of the best middle linebackers of the recent past, but he might have also enjoyed playing against Urlacher because matchups with Chicago have gone well for the Packers since Rodgers took over. The Packers are 9-2 in those games, including a win in the NFC Championship Game following the 2010 season, although Urlacher was only active in nine of those games.