Monday, August 12, 2013
Retired Urlacher hasn't missed camp 'at all'
By Doug Padilla
As Brian Urlacher prepares to launch his television analyst career, the former Bear says he doesn't miss all that goes with training camp.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- If Brian Urlacher is feeling any second thoughts about retiring from the Chicago Bears, he wasn't about to admit it Monday.
In fact, the former linebacker said his mind is so far away from football right now that he didn't even know the Bears had an exhibition game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, only finding out when Charles Tillman came over to his house a few days later.
"Charles came by Saturday and I said, 'What are you doing? Why aren't you at camp?' " Urlacher said. "And he said they were off because they had a game the other night. I really haven't missed it at all."
Urlacher was at Conway Farms Golf Club to help promote the Sept. 12-15 BMW Championship. Urlacher was scheduled to play in a charity nine-hole skins tournament with PGA pros Luke Donald and Mark Wilson, as well as Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich.
Urlacher bowed out of the golf side of the event, saying he had a recent minor surgical procedure, and new Northwestern men's basketball coach Chris Collins took his place.
Sounding relaxed and stress free, Urlacher's only point of emphasis at the current time is being a football analyst for FOX Sports 1, appearing with Jay Glazer, Curt Menefee and Ronde Barber on the upcoming FOX Football Daily.
"It's been fun," Urlacher said about the show. "We've had some rehearsals and stuff like that. We have a good bunch of guys on the show. It's pretty simple. I know a little bit about football so I can get up there and talk for a little bit about it and the guys on there, they bring all the comedic part to it and I will sit there and hang out. It's fun."
Urlacher downplayed his role on the show.
"I'm not a broadcaster, I'm an analyst. I know everything," Urlacher said while leaning heavily on the sarcasm button. "I'm one of those guys who knows everything about football now."
Moments after making future plans with Hinrich to play golf in a few weeks, Urlacher reiterated that not being at training camp is agreeing with him.
"Someone asked me the other day when I was playing golf, 'Where would you rather be?' " he said. "Nowhere. I would not want to be at training camp or meetings or the cold tub. I'm right where I need to be."