He looks like he could still put on his No. 54 and do a very nice impersonation of an NFL middle linebacker. But Brian Urlacher, playing as the “celebrity” in this week’s Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, confirmed on Friday that he is done with his football career.
And he sounds a little relieved about the whole thing.
“I’m playing a lot of golf,” said Urlacher, whose play included rolling in a 40-foot putt on the second hole of his round. “The first thing on my mind when I wake up isn’t working out anymore. So that’s a good thing.”
Agent Bill Johnson has talked about various scenarios for Urlacher to continue playing. But Urlacher is set on his decision to not return to the game.
“No. No,” Urlacher said. “I told my agent I just wanted to retire. He went through every scenario – ‘What if so-and-so calls? Offers you $10 million?’ – but I told him I don’t want to play. Don’t have the desire to play.
“I’m not in shape, haven’t been doing football stuff, have no desire. I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s time to put the pads on it but I won’t miss what it does to my body.”
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Urlacher won’t be diving into coaching, either. The hours are too long and he admits to not having the kind of patience that job typically requires. And the college level with its recruiting demands doesn’t hold a lot of appeal.
Well, there is one level at which he’d consider coaching.
“Maybe Pee-wee [football] would be good for me,” Urlacher said, smiling. “I can be patient with those guys.”
On the practice tee, Urlacher’s “300-yards got me a little intimidated out there,” said former touring pro Jeff Sluman, playing as one of Urlacher’s partners. “For me it’s an honor to play with a legend like this. I’ve watched his whole career in Chicago and it was great to meet him and play with him.”
Urlacher’s version of the rain-shortened Pro-Am differed slightly from Sluman’s. says
“First of all, he’s the one hitting all the drives,” Urlacher said. “And he’s hitting 40 yards beyond me and I’m [teeing off] 40 yards in front of him.”