Newly retired and former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher spoke Thursday on “Under Center” with Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone on NBC Sports Radio about his career with the Bears and how he's coping with life after football.
"I miss my coaches," Urlacher said. "I miss Lovie [Smith], coach [Bob] Babich, all those guys that I was with for the last nine years I was there, and you can't replace that."
The 34-year-old Urlacher and the Bears cut ties on March 20 when the two sides could not come to an agreement on a one-year contract extension.
"I just don't have the desire to do what it takes right now to be in shape for football season," he said.
Urlacher officially retired on Wednesday, capping off a spectacular career highlighted with eight Pro Bowl appearances, a Defensive Player of the Year in award in 2005 and a trip to the Super Bowl in 2006. He finished his career with 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions and 1,053 tackles. Urlacher ranks fifth in the NFL in solo tackles over the last 10 years with 741.
"My kids are old enough that now they are kind of getting tired of me, they don't want to hang out as much anymore," he said. "I love to golf, I love to fish, but I've got to do something or I'll go crazy."
Urlacher will be remembered alongside other prolific Chicago linebackers, an illustrious list that includes Hall of Famers Bill George, Dick Butkus and Singletary.