Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Vitamin Water spokesperson and Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher.
Urlacher joined Laurence Holmes on WSCR in Chicago to discuss bouncing back from a wrist injury, how he thinks the team's new offense is going to fare, and his feelings for new teammate Julius Peppers.
On his health going into 2010:
"I feel good this year physically. I had a year off last year. It's the first year I had off since I started playing football. No contact. I just went through training camp. I feel good. My wrist is good. I'm moving around out there. It's fun again. Taking a year off and missing contact, being around my teammates, it stunk. It's nice to be back out here just to be able to practice again… The doctor told me right away, ‘You did the worst thing you could do to your wrist.' He's seen motorcycle wrecks and car wrecks. He said, ‘You did the worst you could do. For some people, this would be career threatening, but you have the right people taking care of you.' He was right. I did everything the way I was supposed to. Everything they told me. Got back in training camp this year – no affects. It's a little sore every once in a while, which is going to be with a major injury. On the field, I'm not limited from anything."
On the worst part about missing time:
"I missed my teammates. I couldn't wait for the off-season to start so I could be back around them again. I was with them in the season when I was doing my workouts and stuff. When they would go into meetings, I would go workout so I didn't have to be around them. I thought it was a distraction. I wanted to be away from everyone. I just kind of did my own thing, my own workouts. It's so nice to be back around everybody, screwing around again in practice, having fun in the dorms. Training camp is getting fun now."
On if he wants to finish his career a Chicago Bear:
"I don't think I'll go anywhere else. If I win it will be here. I don't see myself playing anywhere else. I like it here. This will be my eleventh year. If I can get two or three more out of my body and I still feel good and can be productive I'd like that. We'll see what happens."
On Julius Peppers:
"I'll say this about Peppers, he's the best football player I've ever seen. He's 300 pounds. He does things DBs are doing. I don't know how we got him, but I'm glad we did."
And on the new offense for 2010:
"Jay (Cutler) puts the ball on the money every time… If we can just get them on the field and get them a little protection, we should have a good season on offense."