Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Cutler wishes Urlacher well in new career
By Michael C. Wright
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler still hasn’t reached out to retired middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, but spoke glowingly about the former player’s contributions while wishing him the best in his new career as an NFL analyst on Fox Sports 1.
Asked Monday during “The Jay Cutler Show” on ESPN 1000 whether he’s contacted Urlacher, Cutler said, “No I have not.”
“I’m not gonna touch this,” Cutler said. “He was an unbelievable player, gonna be in the Hall of Fame; huge hole that we had to fill, a void in that defense, a void as the team leader, a void as a voice the locker room. We’re still trying to find leaders, myself included, to make up for that void. So that’s what we’re working on right now. We wish him the best of luck at Fox Sports.”
Urlacher recently revealed during an interview on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger” that Cutler was the only ex-teammate who didn’t call after the linebacker’s retirement on May 22.
"Well, I did not hear from Jay, out of all the guys I played with, but that’s just -- maybe we weren’t as close as, like you said, as we could have been," Urlacher said. "That’s just the way to let you know where you stand with people. But it’s not his job to text me, maybe that’s not his thing. That’s fine. That’s the way it is. I felt like I stood up for him more than anyone else did over the last three or four years in the media. I feel bad for the guy, he takes a lot of grief from the media, too."
Cutler initially responded to Urlacher’s comments last week during his weekly news conference at Halas Hall by saying, “No, I haven’t spoken to Brian. I did not call him. I guess I’ll reach out to him."