Retired Bear Brian Urlacher not enticed by football anymore
BY HERB GOULD firstname.lastname@example.org June 21, 2013 10:28PM
Updated: July 23, 2013 6:18AM
After banging the ball around in the pro-am with partner Jeff Sluman, Brian Urlacher said Friday he has no interest in donning shoulder pads again.
“No, no. When I told my agent, ‘I just want to retire,’ he went through every scenario,’’ Urlacher said. “ ‘What if so-and-so calls?’ 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 have no desire. I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s time to put the pads on. But I won’t miss how my body feels when I’m done.’’
Noting that Urlacher was bombing 300-yard drives on the practice tee, Sluman said the recently retired linebacker has a lot of potential.
“He’s very talented, moves his body well,’’ Sluman said. “He’s got his speed and his swing. Either you have that or you don’t. He’s just really starting to learn how to play the game.
“With a bit of proper teaching, he’s got a chance to be a very low single-digit handicap. I mean, he’s going to have the time now.’’
Sluman predicted that 12 to 14 under par would win the Encompass Championship. Fred Couples believes it could go lower.
“It’s 5-under leading now,’’ Couples said. “A lot of times, you triple that and go from there. Sometimes somebody can go crazy. But if you cruise around here in 4- or 5-under every round, you’re going to be close to it.’’