Brian Urlacher had a rooting interest in Sunday’s Eagles-Packers game. And it wasn’t just because that game would ultimately determine which team would visit Soldier Field this weekend.
“I was pulling for Philly, wanted to see Green Bay knocked out,” Urlacher told WFLD-TV on Sunday (via espn.com). The Bears’ All-Pro middle linebacker quickly diffused any thought that he and his teammates were afraid of facing the Packers in the playoffs by adding, “No they [the Packers] don’t worry us. We beat them at [Soldier Field]. They’re playing well right now, but so are we. Nobody worries us. The only team that can beat us is ourselves.”
My gut tells me there are two other reasons (despite hate for an arch rival) Urlacher was pulling for an Eagles win:
- #54 has never lost to a Mike Vick-quarterbacked team (2-0 vs. Vick when he was in the ATL, and 1-0 with Philly earlier this year).
- Urlacher loves playing the no-respect card. One way he can shut up he and his team’s critics is to play the premier teams/players in the league. A playoff win over NFC East Champion Philly would rate higher on the sexy win scale than a home victory over a sub-.500 Seattle squad.
Nevertheless, Urlacher did go on to say nice things about the Seahawks and their punky QB Matt Hasselbeck, who as we all know, came into Urlacher’s house, kicked his cat and kissed his girlfriend(s) during Seattle’s 23-20 upset back in October.
Here’s hoping Urlacher has gotten over his disappointment in Green Bay’s win and is now fully focused on an underdog, but still dangerous, team from the Northwest.