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Urlacher says (jokes?) that he doesn’t want Chicago “to win a Super Bowl without me”

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In an interview with Dave Dameshek of NFL.com, recently retired Brian Urlacher indicated he’ s happy in retirement, with the longtime Bears linebacker noting that “there’s nothing that could bring me back.”

The 35-year-old Urlacher probably could still play in the NFL if given an opportunity, so his unwillingness to consider a return right now is newsworthy.

But we’re burying the lede here. When Dameshek asked Urlacher about whether he still rooted for the Bears, Urlacher, who noted he still had teammates he considered friends, gave a memorable answer.

“I’m still rooting for them,” Urlacher said, via the audio clip linked to above. “I hope they do well. They better not win a championship without me because I’ll be really pissed.”

When Dameshek asked if Urlacher was OK with the Bears doing just “well,” Urlacher replied, “Then I’ll be happy for them. Like I said, I have a lot of good friends on the team, but I don’t want them to win a Super Bowl without me.”

Perhaps Urlacher, who was interviewed at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, was joking. Maybe there’s some context we’re missing that Urlacher will eventually add. When there’s audio like the clip NFL.com posted, fans can listen and decide themselves.

In any event, it’s noteworthy.

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  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 18, 2013 9:31 PM

    IF this is as the headline portrays – it sounds kind of selfish. He’s putting his own wants/needs over those of every fan who bought his jersey and essentially made him filthy rich – plus he’s also wishing ill against his former teammates and coaches. It doesn’t sound too classy.

    My guess is there’ll soon be some lawyer-crafted apology that Urlacher will Tweet out or read.

  2. germanstingray says: Jul 18, 2013 9:37 PM

    It’s a new corollary to the curse of Bobby Layne. The Bears will never win another championship until they draft another star linebacker from Lovington High School.

  3. ososrule says: Jul 18, 2013 9:40 PM

    Pretty blatantly obvious…..

  4. goldrush36 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:40 PM

    That doesn’t sound bitter at all – Nobody

  5. aldavisisthenfl says: Jul 18, 2013 9:40 PM

    TIki is of course……flabbergasted…

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:40 PM

    I don’t think he has to worry.

  7. nfl4days says: Jul 18, 2013 9:40 PM

    Im gonna say he was joking cause I really dont believe Urlacher would be THAT petty.

  8. thehaljordanproject says: Jul 18, 2013 9:40 PM

    I think it would be an awesome idea if 1. The bears make it to the Superbowl this year and 2. Someone gets injured in the NFC championship if they brought him in just for the superbowl

  9. jimnaizeeum says: Jul 18, 2013 9:42 PM

    Taking my ball and going home

  10. PacificNWMark says: Jul 18, 2013 9:42 PM

    Urlacher is talking from the heart, not with his head. But it’s unlikely he’ll have anything to worry about this year anyway.

  11. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jul 18, 2013 9:43 PM

    I think your safe !

  12. moeman79 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:46 PM

    I completely understand

  13. elwaysagenius says: Jul 18, 2013 9:47 PM

    They weren’t going to

  14. FlashPatterson says: Jul 18, 2013 9:48 PM

    The last relevant comment Urlacher will make. Feels like we don’t want to hear truth from current players, we love it from recently retired players and we don’t care about past players. Except McNabb, nobody cares about what he has to say.

  15. rationalitybias says: Jul 18, 2013 9:51 PM

    I don’t think he has much to worry about, but please prove me wrong Ted and Phil

  16. giantsfan64 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:52 PM

    I don’t think he has to worry. As long as Cutler is there, they will NEVER win a superbowl

  17. santolonius says: Jul 18, 2013 9:52 PM

    that right there is what you call a bonafide hex. take note, chicago. you must bring back urlacher right now or else never win another championship. it will be known in legend as the curse of brian urlacher for generations to come.

  18. vincelombardisghost says: Jul 18, 2013 9:53 PM

    Stay classy, Urlacher, stay classy.

  19. lasher1650 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:55 PM

    There will be a statement released tomorrow that in some form indicates Brian was “taken out of context”. He was being honest and I understand his sentiment. Unfortunately, despite the fact it was an off the cuff remark that surely has an element of sarcasm coupled with being disappointed that the Bears – nor any other NFL team – were willing to offer him a contract, he is likely to be skewered by meatball Bears fans.

    This will pass soon I hope as he should be remembered as one of the best Bears to ever play for the franchise.

  20. jason1980 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:57 PM

    Hah…..not to worry. Lol.

  21. eastsideballa says: Jul 18, 2013 9:57 PM

    Over Stafford’s dead body.

  22. poiuyt7 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:58 PM

    I think that’s a pretty safe wish.

  23. garyhd01 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:58 PM

    sounds like he is bitter with the management and friends with his old teammates no shock here he expressed his feelings about the way the team negotiated or their lack of negotiations. he was a great player and like so many in the sport it ended badly!!

  24. packfaninchitown says: Jul 18, 2013 9:59 PM

    You’ve got nothing to worry about Brian, they won’t be winning a Super Bowl anytime soon.

  25. bigbluefan11 says: Jul 18, 2013 9:59 PM

    Had to be a joke taken out of context. Dude it too saavy to say something like that sincerely.

  26. vibesid says: Jul 18, 2013 10:03 PM

    Too bad one of the all-time greats at his position never won a Super Bowl. Clearly he is bitter about how the Bears treated him, and rightly so.

  27. swagger52 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:03 PM

    He meant to say..

    Well you know..when HELL freezes over, and if the Bears win a Super Bowl, I don’t want that to happen without me.

    Bears plays AFC North this year. They will realize what a hard schedule is. It isn’t like they play Patsys in the AFC L east.

  28. vibesid says: Jul 18, 2013 10:03 PM

    Clearly he is bitter about how the Bears treated him, and rightly so.

  29. blowpackblow says: Jul 18, 2013 10:08 PM

    With baby Cutler at qb, they won’t win. You’re safe Gurlacher.

  30. officialgame says: Jul 18, 2013 10:08 PM

    And he’s got nothing to worry about.

  31. letmesetyoustraight says: Jul 18, 2013 10:09 PM

    What a petty attitude. For an above average MLB, he is obviously wallowing in the overabundance of praise that has been heaped on his NFL career. Stay classy, Brian.

    If you really do have friends on the Bears, you should be hopeful for their total success, even without you. There’s a reason your phone is not ringing.

  32. gothapotamus90210 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:12 PM

    Don’t worry, Brian. They’re not close.

  33. firestarter0728 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:15 PM

    I don’t think he has anything to worry about.

  34. timbuttrum says: Jul 18, 2013 10:16 PM

    Don’t worry Brian. They are no where close to winning a title.

  35. jaltreality says: Jul 18, 2013 10:18 PM

    In all of our movies, etc., we love football players with senses of humors, with a bit of a wild side (provided it’s not totally criminal like A. Hernandez), showboats, hard hitters, etc.

    But for some reason, we take the actual players who exhibit such personality traits and vilify them. Don’t you guys have friends, can’t you tell a joke when you hear it?

  36. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 18, 2013 10:19 PM

    Well if he’s not joking it could be because he passionately thinks he can make the HOF, but if the Bears win a championship right after he retires he might think that will cut down on his legacy and chances?

  37. packerswin96 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:23 PM

    Don’t worry Brian, the Bears will not win a thing anytime soon.

  38. biggestredmiami says: Jul 18, 2013 10:24 PM

    The Bears just got rid of him and embarrassed him in the process. How else is he supposed to feel? Would you be happy if your company fired you and then jumped into the Fortune 500 when they fired you and kept all of your friends?

  39. acdc84 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:30 PM

    Packer fan chiming in here. Of course it’s natural for him to feel that way, and we should appreciate his candidness. He’s obviously not rooting against his former team and teammates, but how sick would he feel after a long probable HOF career if Chicago won right after he left??

    It’s obviously a moot point, as Chicago will be lucky to sniff the playoffs this year, so Brian should be able to rest easy.

    Again as a Packer fan, I have as much respect for him as any division rival that’s battled against GB for more than a decade. Always solid, always had a knack for making a huge play, and a classy guy.

  40. twwally says: Jul 18, 2013 10:31 PM

    I don’t think he has anything to worry about.

  41. chi01town says: Jul 18, 2013 10:33 PM

    thats why Im glad Urlacher is gone.
    he was the #1 Lovie lover and they all needed to go. Its time for the face of the team to be the QB anyway. Emery made a good move letting him hang his self. ( ohh that was a joke )

  42. ezcheese says: Jul 18, 2013 10:40 PM

    Don’t worry Brian, they won’t.

  43. kd75 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:40 PM

    Didn’t Urlacher have a chance to get that done?

    You failed. You could have gone all Ray Lewis and destroyed the opposing offense. You didn’t. Shut up.

  44. waldoampere says: Jul 18, 2013 10:45 PM

    When a player retires and his team wins a championship the very next year, I believe it’s called being “Tiki Barbered.”

  45. gloryfromheaven says: Jul 18, 2013 10:46 PM

    Tiki Barber probably wasn’t to happy when the Giants won the Super Bowl right after he retired lol

  46. mackcarrington says: Jul 18, 2013 10:48 PM

    Perhaps he was joking.

    Perhaps he was dead serious.

    Either way, I just hope I can hang on and not commit suicide before they start playing football again.

  47. jhein23 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:49 PM

    Sounds like Favre-Packers

  48. 1eyedking says: Jul 18, 2013 10:51 PM

    It’s funny how people complain about athletes being boring and they’re never honest. I think Urlacher was serious and just being honest about it would be hard to watch his teammates win without him on the field.

  49. louiespoon says: Jul 18, 2013 10:53 PM

    It as a joke with serious undertones. He would be salty he didn’t help but at the same time genuinely happy for his teamn and former teammates

  50. ephillips122 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:02 PM

    I’m a Bears fan, but don’t worry, Urlacher, it’s not going to happen, at least in the near future. Too many changing parts and not enough depth. Sucks to say that.

  51. ibreathefootball says: Jul 18, 2013 11:05 PM

    I’m starting to like this guy even more now. It’s always pretty gross watching someone brown nose their way through life.

  52. cadillacjosh says: Jul 18, 2013 11:09 PM

    That is truly a classic Urlacher joke. I hope no one reads into this too much. But I’m sure someone inevitably will.

  53. tramonisland says: Jul 18, 2013 11:11 PM

    All jokes are classified under the 90/10 rule. Either 90% serious, 10% joking. Or 10% serious, 90% joking. This is the mostly serious one which I’m fine with.

  54. eaglesbar says: Jul 18, 2013 11:14 PM

    Cool story bro

  55. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 18, 2013 11:20 PM

    Well, I don’t think there’s much danger in that…

  56. fballlvr22 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:27 PM

    As a Bears fan, I love Urlacher I hope you get pissed sooner or later because ofte Bears winning. I’m going to miss 54.

  57. tinbender2000 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:33 PM

    Management pretty much pooped on his head and said “we don’t want you to play for us, we don’t want you around period”. For someone who was “Mr. Chicago for so long, why would he wish their sorry ass well?

  58. abusementland says: Jul 18, 2013 11:33 PM

    Pretty sure you aren’t going to have to sweat that one out Brian……

  59. jprcox says: Jul 18, 2013 11:39 PM

    I think that was a total joke. In some ways it appears the path to making up with Bears/fans in on track.

  60. trevor123698 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:41 PM

    this is the type of thing that has potential to spark super bowl runs. never know what does it.

  61. kuranda84 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:47 PM

    I’m pretty sure he was having a good time with it. Lets chill out, media.

  62. dugganmt says: Jul 18, 2013 11:56 PM

    I’d be pissed too!

  63. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 18, 2013 11:56 PM

    The only joke is the announcement of a Super Bowl without the mention of Pittsburgh. What’s wrong with you?

  64. therealbigben says: Jul 19, 2013 12:06 AM

    Don’t worry Brian, they wont.

  65. lks311 says: Jul 19, 2013 12:28 AM

    Don’t worry, Brian…they won’t.

  66. jayniner says: Jul 19, 2013 12:37 AM

    Urlacher should be happy to know that based on how things look now, a super bowl in 2050 is a safe bet…

  67. siggtacular says: Jul 19, 2013 12:44 AM

    Is it though?

  68. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 19, 2013 1:04 AM

    I’m OK with this

  69. ososrule says: Jul 19, 2013 1:23 AM

    Love you Brian, wouldn’t be the same without you!

  70. greenmeattruck says: Jul 19, 2013 1:27 AM

    Don’t worry Brian, as long as Crybaby Cutler is the QB, they won’t.

  71. pnut87 says: Jul 19, 2013 1:30 AM

    Hypothetically, let’s assume the Bears win the 2013 Superbowl.

    In this case, Urlacher is one of those players that would be given an honorary ring or would be offered a 1 day contract and held inactive for the Superbowl. Only because he was such a staple of the team an meant so much to the franchise for so many years.

    It wouldn’t be the first time something like that would happen. If the Bears win the Superbowl in the next year or two, there’s a ring that will have Urlacher’s name on it.

  72. chi01town says: Jul 19, 2013 1:30 AM

    Go home Urlacher you had your chance. your own greed put you out
    of football. and its ok with Bears fans cause you cant play anymore. Cutler is the new face of the Chicago Bears like he should have been when he came to Chicago

  73. juradura says: Jul 19, 2013 1:52 AM

    Well obviously, he wishes them the best but not the absolute best. He knows that winning a championship is extremely difficult and if the Bears were to win one on a fluke, the year he left, then he would be pissed. I mean this dude went to the Super Bowl with Rex “RG1″ Grossmen, obviously he wishes he had better luck. I’m sure he loves the Bears but would hate to miss out on a Super Bowl run.

  74. contra74 says: Jul 19, 2013 1:57 AM

    You can ride off into the sunset without worrying about that Brian. Not gonna happen!

  75. vicnocal says: Jul 19, 2013 2:16 AM

    All these pro athletes must laugh at the degree to which you nerds analyze every single word they ever say.

  76. floratiotime says: Jul 19, 2013 5:37 AM

    Does the name Michael Richards mean anything to you ? Don’t quit your day job.

  77. clownsfan says: Jul 19, 2013 6:36 AM

    Brian doesn’t have anything to worry about.

  78. edwardemanuelson says: Jul 19, 2013 6:54 AM

    Sorry Brian, this Bears fan was happy to see you ‘forced’ into retirement. Sour grapes.

  79. avpackfan says: Jul 19, 2013 6:55 AM

    Brian, you have nothing to worry about.

  80. starman2112 says: Jul 19, 2013 6:56 AM

    no need for him to worry about that!

  81. brownspower says: Jul 19, 2013 7:00 AM

    “In any event, it’s noteworthy.”
    ===========================
    not really.

  82. SilentMajority says: Jul 19, 2013 7:10 AM

    What he actually seems to be saying is that it would be too painful to watch them win the Super Bowl this soon after his retirement.

    Can anyone blame him? The defense has been rock solid his entire career, all they needed was for the offense to score more than 12 points a game to win. Now they finally get some coaches that can solve that problem, right after he leaves…

    People shouldn’t make this into a bigger deal that it actually is.

  83. The Prophet says: Jul 19, 2013 7:12 AM

    He means like if you decide to leave the bar/club at some point instead of having one more drink, and your friends that stayed ended up having the greatest night of all time, and you drove home instead to go to sleep.

    I think he just means he doesn’t want to miss out since he decided to retire instead of play.

  84. bla bla bla says: Jul 19, 2013 7:15 AM

    I’m sure he’ll get his wish.

  85. daaabears says: Jul 19, 2013 7:20 AM

    Who wouldn’t feel that way really? You play for that many years and then that team wins a super-bowl without you? I would be happy for my friends on the team, but inside, I would be saying ‘Why now?’.

  86. beerbratscheese says: Jul 19, 2013 7:34 AM

    As long as they have Jay Cutler at QB, they won’t be winning a Super Bowl.

  87. wamj2008 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:41 AM

    Don’t worry, Brian. They won’t.

  88. clemenza58 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:45 AM

    Urlacher said it twice. Doesn’t sound like he was joking to me. Either way, who cares? The next time Urlacher says anything worth listening to, it’ll be a first.

  89. ggreen7 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:52 AM

    He just said what other retired players think but won’t say out loud.

  90. billh1947 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:55 AM

    He does not have a thing to worry about,the Bears wont be going to the SB without him for quite some time.sleep well Brian.

  91. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jul 19, 2013 8:10 AM

    Go away Urlacher.

    It is what you wanted to do anyway.

  92. jwcarlson says: Jul 19, 2013 8:11 AM

    I watched his interview on NFLN yesterday evening and he sounded like a Grade A a-hole. The gal talking to him asked about the Dave D interview and instead of saying it was a joke or clarifying he said “I would be happy for SOME of my former teammates if they won the Super Bowl.”

    Talk about a jerk. The Bears offered this guy $2M more than any of the other 31 teams wanted to pay him and he acted like a six year old brat.

  93. whatjusthapped says: Jul 19, 2013 8:23 AM

    And I thought Viking fans were delusional.

    At least when the Bears did advance as far as the Superbowl, they won it so on the scales of delusion, the Viking fans still rule on that.

  94. virgilcole says: Jul 19, 2013 8:26 AM

    Tell Brian Urlacher he doesn’t have a thing to worry about.

  95. pkrjones says: Jul 19, 2013 8:57 AM

    You’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about, Brian… they won’t.

  96. ranoversquarells says: Jul 19, 2013 8:57 AM

    No it isn’t …

  97. droyer85 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:02 AM

    He won’t have to worry about that. If Bears fans think that defense will be the same without Lovie Smith I think they’re in for a rude awakening.

  98. eaglesnd18 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    whatjusthapped:
    “At least when the Bears did advance as far as the Superbowl, they won it so on the scales of delusion, the Viking fans still rule on that.”
    ______________________

    Have you been hiding under a rock the past 20 years? The last time the bears advanced as far as the Superbowl they lost to the Colts. So according to you I guess yourself is as delusional as Viking fans.

  99. ejmat2 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:29 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 19, 2013 8:23 AM
    And I thought Viking fans were delusional.

    At least when the Bears did advance as far as the Superbowl, they won it so on the scales of delusion, the Viking fans still rule on that.
    ——————————————
    They didn’t win it when Brian was there now did they?

  100. chadman128 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:30 AM

    I have been a fan of this site long before it went big. These are the types of stories that make me think it’s going the route of the National Enquirer. Anyone that watched that interview and the following interview the next day where he talked about it again knows that all he was stating was he wants his friends to well but that would really suck if they won a championship without him. I think any player that is with a team 13 years and then retires would be a little jealous if that happened. Do what you do best on this site guys don’t start trying to stir crap up in headlines. This site is slowly turning into just another sports reporting joke.

  101. chi01town says: Jul 19, 2013 9:31 AM

    Go home Urlacher the team has moved on. its Cutler’s team now and the Superbowl is exactly where
    the Bears are going. buy a ticket and come to the game.

  102. richardmb52 says: Jul 19, 2013 9:35 AM

    Well if his luck is anything like mine, it’s a lock for the Bears to win.

  103. derrickbrooks4president says: Jul 19, 2013 9:40 AM

    Not that you will have to EVER worry about it in your lifetime, Brian. However if the NFL decides to GIVE a Super Bowl to the Bears the way they did the last 2 Steeler Super Bowl wins, just call Tiki. He’s been there before.

  104. facetooth says: Jul 19, 2013 9:42 AM

    Brian Urlacher should have traded in his pro-football career to work for a rent-a-car company since day 1.

  105. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 19, 2013 9:43 AM

    Win a SuperBowl? Hell, they’ll be lucky not to finish last in their division, seriously, he must be joking, the Bears are a horrible team right now.

  106. jwcarlson says: Jul 19, 2013 10:49 AM

    chadman128 says:
    Jul 19, 2013 9:30 AM
    I have been a fan of this site long before it went big. These are the types of stories that make me think it’s going the route of the National Enquirer. Anyone that watched that interview and the following interview the next day where he talked about it again knows that all he was stating was he wants his friends to well but that would really suck if they won a championship without him. I think any player that is with a team 13 years and then retires would be a little jealous if that happened. Do what you do best on this site guys don’t start trying to stir crap up in headlines. This site is slowly turning into just another sports reporting joke.
    ———————————–

    I watched it and he sounded like a complete a-hole. Of all the times to just be gracious and non-controversial retirement seems like a pretty good time.

    The truth is Urlacher is butt-hurt over the Bears not wanting him back (even though they offered him a contract). And his ego was destroyed when the other 31 teams said “Chicago is crazy for wanting you back”.

    So when he was on the NFLN in his golf clothes/hat talking about being happy for “some of his former teammates” if they were to win the Super Bowl, he just came off as a bitter, petty person.

  107. larryboodry says: Jul 19, 2013 11:43 AM

    My first thought was that he had to be joking, but his NFLN commments put the lie to that sentiment…And it warms my heart to see so many trolls on here posting the exact same tired line. You are all as humorous as Mr. Urlacher is petty.

  108. rockbottom37 says: Jul 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    All jokes aside …Urlacher has nothing to worry about…No way this team wins 10 gms…I think they regress big time and will miss Lovie Smith…Everybody in division improved their team in off season except for them. Have them as one of most disappointing teams in 2013 and finish last in NFC North

  109. vltrophy14 says: Jul 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    Even though Da Bears won’t win another Super Bowl could it be that Urlacher will root for the Packers when we play da Bears? Time will tell & Urlacher probably wouldn’t admit it if he did

  110. istateyourname says: Jul 22, 2013 9:22 PM

    Well, he’s got this going for him now…nobody on the team really gives a crap what fans like Urlacher has to say…

  111. dukeblue12 says: Jul 23, 2013 11:32 PM

    Not judging one way or the other, but I’m sure that’s exactly how he truly feels.

  112. larryboodry says: Jul 24, 2013 4:57 PM

    @rockbottom37:
    How do you figure everyone else in the division improved, but the Bears didn’t?

    Martellus Bennett>Kellen Davis

    O-line is better, with Bushrod, Slauson, Long, & ultimately Mills replacing stiffs like Webb, Spencer, Rachal, & Carimi…And Kromer replacing Tice on the sideline is a big upgrade all by itself.

    The defense is returning all but two starters, including four Pro-Bowlers, and will be younger and faster at LB. And under DC Mel Tucker, they will be just as aggressive in forcing turnovers.

    Trestman’s offense will be faster and designed to spread the ball around, along with Jay getting rid of the ball quicker to avoid sacks. Marquess Wilson will hopefully bolster the WR corps sooner rather than later.

    Finally, allowing Devin Hester to concentrate solely on KRs should improve the return game.

    Go Bears!

  113. wallstreetfootball says: Jul 25, 2013 10:29 AM

    The ability to hold a grudge is what makes a lot of players great. Urlacher thinking this shouldn’t surprise anyone, saying it should.

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