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Brian Urlacher doesn’t want Bears to win Super Bowl without him

Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher

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Updated: July 18, 2013 10:18PM



Brian Urlacher still has plenty of friends on the Bears. There’s Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers just to name a few.

Urlacher, who retired in May, will root for the Bears because of them, even after his ugly, unceremonious end to his 13-year career here.

But the future Hall of Famer will only go so far, it seems.

“I’m going for them,” Urlacher told NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek while at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. this week. “A lot of my friends are still on the team. A lot of my good friends — guys I played with for 10, 11 years — so I’m still rooting for them. I hope they do well. They better not win the championship without me, ‘cause then I’ll be really pissed.”

Urlacher could be joking — he often displayed a sense of humor when speaking to the media — but considering the displeasure he showed toward the organization after a new deal wasn’t reached, there could also be some underlying bitterness.

Urlacher felt like he could play, and it would be understandably hard to see the Bears — the team he was the face of and led for years — have so much success so soon after his departure. He led the Bears to Super Bowl XLI, losing to Peyton Manning and the Colts.

“Like I said, I’ve got a lot of friends on the team, but I don’t want them to win the Super Bowl without me,” Urlacher said.



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