The Bears are entering their first season in a long time without Brian Urlacher. And while that might bother fans who are unsure if the former All Pro can be replaced, it's not bothering Urlacher one bit.
Urlacher is loving the retired life, so much so that he's not even keeping track of the Bears' schedule.
"It is nice," Urlacher said. "I guess they had a game the other night. Charles (Tillman) came by the house Saturday, and I said, 'What are you doing, why aren't you at camp?' He said they were off because they had a game the night before. But I haven't really missed it yet at all."
Urlacher appeared with current Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest on Monday. The two participated in a charity event hosted by the Western Golf Association, the BMW Championship Exhibition, which raised money in support of the Evans Scholars Foundation.
In addition to spending a lot of time working on his golf game, the retired Urlacher is keeping himself busy preparing for his upcoming role as an analyst on the new sports channel Fox Sports 1.
"I'll be hopefully in the studio watching the games and just hanging out, enjoying not being (on the field)," Urlacher said.
"It's been fun. We've had some rehersals. It's been good, and we have a good bunch of guys on the show. It's pretty simple. I know a little about football, so I can get up and talk about it. And the guys on there are funny. They bring the comedic part to it. I'm just going to sit there and hang out. It's fun."
Urlacher even got a little sarcastic about his new role.
"I'm an analyst," he said. "I know everything. I'm one of those guys that knows everything about football now."