Brian Urlacher moves into the TV business


In June, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said that he wasn’t interested in either broadcasting or coaching after retiring as a player this offseason, although there was interest from FOX Sports in bringing Urlacher on board as they launch their new FOX Sports 1 channel.

Their interest has won out over Urlacher’s disinterest. The Big Lead first reported Sunday that Urlacher would be joining the soon-to-launch channel and Urlacher confirmed it with the Chicago Tribune.

Urlacher will be part of the team working on Fox Football Daily, which will also feature Curt Menefee, Jay Glazer and Ronde Barber and others talking about the NFL opposite ESPN’s SportsCenter at 6 p.m. ET. The show launches on August 19.

It’s always interesting to see how recently retired players deal with their old teams once they move into broadcasting and Urlacher will be no exception. The decision to retire was made in large part because the Bears didn’t want to pay Urlacher’s desired price and he said earlier this month that it would bother him if the Bears won the Super Bowl without him in the lineup, so there’s at least a chance that he’d have something entertaining/interesting/combustible to say on that front.