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Former Bears LB Brian Urlacher: 'I don't have a desire to play'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

The retired Brian Urlacher has been working on his golf game. (USATSI)
The retired Brian Urlacher has been working on his golf game. (USATSI)

Credit former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher with knowing his strengths and weaknesses.

Asked by the Chicago Tribune last week whether he'd want to coach the game that he played so well for so many years, Urlacher said he didn't think he'd be a good coach. Asked if he'd want to go into broadcasting, Urlacher gave a similar answer, saying, "I don't think I would be very good on TV broadcasting games. 'He's running left ... he's running right ... 28 has the ball.' I don't know.”

Heck, when it comes to most everything football-related, Urlacher is kind of … well … meh. But golf? Golf is another story.

"Yeah, I'm playing a lot of golf," Urlacher told the newspaper. "The first thing on my mind when I wake up isn't working out anymore. So that's a good thing. Doesn't make me mad.”

And believe him, Urlacher doesn't sound interested at all in making a comeback. It has been a month since he announced his retirement, and Urlacher doesn't seem to be regretting his decision.

"No. No," Urlacher said. "My agent, when I told him -- I just want to retire -- he went through every scenario: 'What if so-and-so calls? What if they offer me $10 million?' I don't want to play. I don't have a desire to play. I'm not in shape. I haven't been doing football stuff.

"I'm sure I'll miss it when it's time to put the pads on and stuff, but I won't miss how my body feels when I'm done.”

As for coaching? No.

"I don't think I would be a good coach,'' he said. "First of all, I don't want to spend the time coaching. I feel bad for them. During the season, they work 90 hours a week. I don't want to do that.”

Instead, Urlacher seems content to not work out when he wakes up in the morning. And to play plenty of golf. And to enjoy his retirement from the game in which he's simply not interested in partaking.

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