Mike Brown wishes Bears career could have been different

Mike Brown wishes Bears career could have been different
August 20, 2013, 11:30 am
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Tony Andracki

It's a new era in Chicago Bears football.

Gone are the days where Brian Urlacher and Mike Brown roamed the middle of the field for the Monsters of the Midway.

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While Urlacher just called it quits recently, Brown has sort of become a forgotten man in Chicago.

The former All-Pro safety last played with the Bears in 2008 and hasn't been heard from much since, but he joined Laurence Holmes on 670 The Score on Monday night.

Brown, now 35, is currently living in Southern California spending time with his wife and two kids. He and Holmes discussed his career and the one memory Brown said stuck out was the injuries.

He started his Bears career appearing in every game for the first four seasons but then missed 44 games over the final five years.

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"I wish it could have been different," he told Holmes.

Brown was a key part of some magical Bears teams, including returning interceptions for game-winning touchdowns in back-to-back contests in 2001. But when the Bears took on the Colts in the Super Bowl following the 2006 season, Brown was relegated to the sideline with an injury, which was hard for him to handle.

"Most players that dream about playing in the NFL and make it there, they want to win the ring," Brown said. "They want to play in the biggest game there is in the world. That was the toughest thing I've ever had to deal with as far as football is concerned.

"It was very hard to be there, watching it happen and not be able to help your team out. It's tough, man. Me and [former defensive tackle] Tommie Harris, we struggled with that. We felt if we had played — I know hindsight is 20/20 — we think maybe we could have made a difference, had a different outcome and there could have been another champion in Chicago."

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Brown played with the Kansas City Chiefs for one season in 2009 after his Bears career but was out of the game by the time he turned 32.

Looking back, the Nebraska product thought Urlacher's decision to retire on his own terms was special and something most NFL players don't get to do.

Brown, who just joined Twitter recently at @21mb30 also weighed in on just how special of a player Charles Tillman is, what the locker room was like on those Bears teams and what his future plans consist of.

"I got the opportunity to play with another team, but it wasn't the same," he said. "Chicago will always be my team. I'll cheer for them until the day I die."

Check out the full interview with Mike Brown on 670 The Score.