Future Hall of Fame linebacker, Brian Urlacher, has decided there are more important things in life than football. Urlacher’s main reason for quitting, in order to “dedicate more time to my family.”
"This is a tough decision, but right now it’s best for me to dedicate my time to my family,” Brian Urlacher said of leaving Fox gig. #Bears
— Chris De Luca (@ChrisDeLuca) September 16, 2014
You can’t knock a guy for that.
Urlacher retired from the NFL after a marvelous 13-year playing career, all spent here in Chicago, and made the transition to FOX Sports as a lead analyst in July 2013. This season Urlacher appeared on FOX Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame” and Sunday morning’s “Fox NFL Kickoff,” making his final appearance this past Sunday.
In an interview with Matt Spiegel and his former teammate Patrick Mannelly on WSCR-AM 670 this morning, Urlacher said traveling weekly to Fox’s studios in Los Angeles was taxing.
“You know I really enjoyed working with the guys on Fox Sports 1,” Urlacher told 670 The Score. “I liked the shows but the travel got to me quite a bit. I called the producers and I called the guys who run all the shows and talked to them and they were very understanding of my situation. That was the main reason for me not doing it anymore and they were cool about it.
Right now I’m just taking some time off. The travel got to me going to (Los Angeles) every weekend.”
It will be interesting to see if the Chicago Bears extend a hand and try to bring Brian back in the future in some capacity, whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but he has made it clear there is no bad blood between himself and the Bears’ president George McCaskey.
Urlacher had nothing but good things to say about FOX Sports and the likes of Jay Glazer, Curt Menefee and Randy Moss. The shows Executive Producer returned the favor shortly after Brian made his decision.
“We want to thank Brian for his effort and contributions since helping us launch the network last August,” Fox Sports Executive Vice President, Production/Executive Producer John Entz said. “While we looked forward to having him as a member of the team this season and beyond, we understand his decision and wish him the best.”
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