Colvin credits himself for Urlacher's success
INDIANAPOLIS – The man who beat Brian Urlacher out of a job with the Bears and who posted 21 sacks over the 2001-02 seasons as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end believes that Shea McClellin can make a transition to a similar role, if that is the direction the new Bears coaching staff sets out for McClellin.
But Rosevelt Colvin, now a successful Indianapolis businessman and color commentator for the Big Ten Network, hopes “54” remembers the course correction Colvin provided for Urlacher’s career.
“I tell people I’m the reason why he will be in the Hall of Fame,” Colvin deadpanned in a conversation with CSNChicago.com. “If I had not beaten him out, he would have just been some [mediocre] ‘Sam’ linebacker instead of the Hall of Fame middle linebacker he became.”
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On draft day 2000, coach Dick Jauron declared Urlacher to be the day one starter at strongside linebacker –- which was Colvin’s job in 1999. Urlacher struggled at the unfamiliar position while Colvin was exceptional through camp and after the second preseason game was benched and Colvin restored to the job.
Urlacher eventually made his debut at middle linebacker when Barry Minter was injured early in the 2000 season and that was that.
So while Urlacher might not necessarily ask Colvin to be his presenter at a presumed HOF induction, “I would hope that I at least get an invite, Brian, if you’re listening,”