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Aaron Rodgers: Urlacher was my favorite player to play against

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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.

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22 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Urlacher was my favorite player to play against”
  1. ponderthedumpoffking says: May 24, 2013 3:24 PM

    9-2. That’s the kind of domination you rarely see (unless you’re a fan of Detroit or Minny; in which case, you’re used to being abused).

  2. GenXJay says: May 24, 2013 3:25 PM

    What a liar!
    Farve was the favorite opponent.

  3. mec693 says: May 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    Brian Urlacher, you will be missed

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    Well, we know he doesn’t like playing against Jared Allen.

  5. vicnocal says: May 24, 2013 3:35 PM

    Everyone talks about how nice of a guy Urlacher was to play against, so I can’t help but think that if he would’ve been meaner he would’ve been better. It’s like he didn’t have any dog in him sometimes. Some of the greats have a lot of A-hole in them – Jordan, Ray Lewis, etc.

    All I know is, in the 2011 NFC Championship game, with a TD in front of him, Urlacher let Rodgers bring him down with one of the weakest tackles I ever saw. In the 2001 AFC Championship game, Ray Lewis ripped the ball out of Eddie George’s hands and then broke a couple of tackles on his way to a TD on an INT, the Ravens won the title.

  6. zz56 says: May 24, 2013 3:39 PM

    Rodgers is such a class act! Players should take their cue from him. Favre is being treated better by Rodgers, than Favre ever treated him! Pure class & professionalism.

  7. bordner says: May 24, 2013 3:40 PM

    It doesn’t feel like they played enough games to really develop it into what it could have been, but to me, Rodgers-Urlacher was right up there with Favre-Randall and Favre-Sapp. It was fun to watch and you could tell both players enjoyed each other as much as the fans. Who could forget all those times that Urlacher seemingly appeared out of nowhere to pick off a pass? With Favre, it was easy to blame it all on him, but with Rodgers being so much more protective of the ball, it became obvious it was all due to Urlacher’s ability.

    Throughout the Urlacher years, the bears have consistently had one of the league’s better defenses, so I would always go into those games feeling more than a little bit nervous/anxious, but that made the feeling after the victories all that more sweeter. I hate to say it, but I’m going to miss watching the Packers play against him.

  8. larryboodry says: May 24, 2013 3:52 PM

    Classy comments by Rodgers, who is indeed a true professional.

  9. vicnocal says: May 24, 2013 3:58 PM

    I’m not sure I want my middle linebacker to be the rival team’s QB’s favorite player to go up against. I would prefer that he dread playing against him.

  10. ozymandias121 says: May 24, 2013 4:09 PM

    I would have thought it was Colin Kaepernick.

  11. deltaoracle says: May 24, 2013 4:14 PM

    I don’t suppose Rodgers does like playing against a knee hunter like Jared Allen. But he manages to beat Team Heidi most of the time anyway.

  12. ponderthedumpoffking says: May 24, 2013 4:17 PM

    ozymandias121 says:
    May 24, 2013 4:09 PM
    I would have thought it was Colin Kaepernick.

    See, with Urlacher, it was a mutual respect between two hall of famers.

    With Kaepernick it’s different. He won’t even last two or three years. Running QBs never do.

  13. metalhead65 says: May 24, 2013 4:51 PM

    rodgers had that kind of success against the bears only because the bears did not have a offense. well they had to put one on the field but the coaching and play calling went beyond inept. there is only so much a defense can do to win a game and Urlacher and the bears D did all they could,but hard to win when your offense only produces field goals and only got those because the defense set them up by getting a turn over.

  14. sportsmeccabi says: May 24, 2013 5:23 PM

    How many teams do you think would have a good record against Aaron Rodgers if they were in the same division?

    The bears are far from bad, but Rodgers is a stud.

  15. larryboodry says: May 24, 2013 6:08 PM

    ponderthedumpoffking says: May 24, 2013 3:24 PM

    “9-2. That’s the kind of domination you rarely see (unless you’re a fan of Detroit or Minny; in which case, you’re used to being abused).”

    What Rodgers does to us, Cutler does to Minnie and Detroit…13-4 overall record, 28 TDs, and only 10 INTs.

  16. hatesycophants says: May 24, 2013 6:36 PM

    I guess now we know what type of dudes Sharon goes for.

    Noted.

  17. bookofelisha10 says: May 24, 2013 7:17 PM

    urlacher was one of the handful players i followed outside of the NYG bec i respected his game.. i still wouldnt him coming in to teach and play as a 2 down lb this year

  18. dcviking says: May 24, 2013 7:57 PM

    And I’m guessing Clay is his favorite to play with…

  19. tremoluxman says: May 24, 2013 9:56 PM

    The best rivalry had to be between the Vikings’ John Randle and Brett Favre. Randle would never shut up and had Favre laughing out loud often. John was merciless.

  20. axespray says: May 25, 2013 3:22 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 24, 2013 3:34 PM
    “Well, we know he doesn’t like playing against Jared Allen.”
    ————————————–
    7-4 record against the vikes, never held below 21 points by that “terrifying” defense the vikes got…

    Scored more than 30 points 4 times, has a pretty good passer rating against that garbage secondary.

    And that’s with Allen Barber/Marshall Newhouse/A one hip Clifton protecting his blindside.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: May 25, 2013 10:13 AM

    Rodgers enjoys beating the happless, tasteless Vikings and Bears twice per season, like he and the Packers have in each of the past 3 seasons.

    It’s easier to take time and enjoy the personalities when you’re cruising to yet another win.

  22. larryboodry says: May 25, 2013 12:40 PM

    @filthy:

    I love how you conveniently forgot to mention choling against the Vikes in Week 17 last year, which ultimately led to your team looking very hapless vs. SF in the playoffs…Cheese got schooled!

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