Urlacher Could Care Less

Just an early Tuesday morning diatribe while floating in the wake of an ugly Bears loss, during which the team looked disinterested in playing even average football.

For those of you that were at home as I was, Fox 32′s Lou Canellis interviewed legendary Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher before the game.  As most of us know, after beginning his career as a darling of the NFL and Bears fans, reaping many benefits from this, Urlacher has become somewhat sour over the last three years.

Canellis pointed out that Urlacher has taken a lot of criticism the last few years, after being injured multiple times, not as effective as he had been in 2006 and before, and muscled his way into receiving a large contract extension (his second such large extension) prior to the 2008 season.  How did Urlacher feel about this, Cannellis asked?

“I could care less” [what the fans think], Urlacher said.

OK, Brian, here’s my perspective.  You reaped the benefits adorned on you by the fans, earning you somewhere around $65 or $70 million dollars in your career before a single endorsement is considered, and those were also ample.  Sure, you are extremely talented, but if not for fans shelling out their money, your kind of talent would not have secured you generational wealth to the degree that if you manage it properly, no Urlacher will ever have to hold a normal job again.

I realize you have a right to your opinions and feelings, and if I were in your position I’d probably be sick of 11 years of constant scrutiny too.  But what you said is a slap in the face to someone like me.  In my opinion, you owe it to the fans, who have given you this wealth, to be slightly more politically correct publicly.

I am the last fan to put athletes on a pedestal.  I have never looked at any athlete as a hero or role model, outside of Brian Piccolo and Walter Payton.  So I don’t expect them to be shining examples of good guys for the most part, unfortunately.  But in my opinion, highly paid athletes do owe it to their fans to at least be respectful to the smallest degree for what we have given them.  They don’t have to be nice, they don’t have to be good guys.  But they shouldn’t be an ass to the fans, either.

Unfortunately, I have to say the fact that Urlacher “could care less” what the fans think of him, this brings me one small step closer to writing professional sports off.  Each time I spend my limited money to see a product like was trotted out on Saturday, and their players slap their fans in the face as Urlacher’s comments did, I am honestly coming closer to the day when I truck my immense collection of Bears memorabilia to a field somewhere, have a nice bonfire, and never look back.

Thanks, Brian.  I will never wear your jersey again and will see to it that as many others as possible never do either.

9 Responses to “Urlacher Could Care Less”

  1. This sort of thing (along with free agency) is why I don’t buy jerseys with a player’s name on it. They don’t care about us, why the heck should I care enough to advertise their name on my back? Sure it might be nerdy to have my own name on my back, but I’ll probably be a fan of the team longer than most of the current players will be on the team.

  2. Isn’t “I couldn’t care less” the correct sentence, rather than “I could care less”; tell me if I’m wrong; I mean “the correct sentence” if Urlacher did mean that he didn’t care about the criticism; sorry #54, but that ‘s what i was taught at school although it wasn’t in the US nor UK.
    So technically speaking, his sentence means that yes he does care about the criticism and yes he will have a hell of a good season this year (all right I made up that last proposition).
    Anyway, I’ll take it as good news. No bonfire yet.

  3. There are ways to handle that question and ways not to handle that question, Brian chose the wrong way. I would hope that after all the criticism that he’s had come his way he would have developed a little bit thicker skin (the money alone should have helped that) but it appears as though he’s just become bitter.

    He’s never come off as being that bright in my opinion and I think that this is a prime example of it. He had an opportunity to address a legitimate question with a bit of tact and class, but instead he chose to crash and burn. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to sound like a pompous ass here, but someone in his position needs to pick and choose their words carefully. I can only picture some kid sitting in front of the TV who admires him and hears him spout off that crap. What a douche.

    @Perno: You are absolutely right. There’s nothing wrong with getting your own name on a jersey…. there’s not much loyalty left among players nowadays.

  4. I was thinking about this on the drive to work this morning and wanted to add something. I think the statement Urlacher made pretty much sums up the attitude of the entire organization. They really could care less. As long as the fans keep ponying up the money they have no reason to care and every reason to keep trotting garbage onto the field every week.

  5. Thanks for the good opinion guys. It is what it is. I’m sure there are hundreds of pro athletes whose private mantra is “screw the fans.” I get that, and it’s their right to have that opinion. But when a guy has made literally tens of millions purely based on his early-career adoration by the city of Chicago comes back after he’s pocketed that money and says “by the way, screw all of you,” I’m done with him. Any organization’s PR staff that would let an employee offend their customer base like that should be ashamed of themselves, and he said this on a team-produced show! But after seeing Urlacher talk down to the Bear’s VP of corporate communications on Super Bowl media day in front of the cameras–anyone else remember the Vitamin Water hat incident–it doesn’t surprise me to see continuing dysfunction there.

  6. damn; just find out “could care less” has been meaning something like “couldn’t care less” in the US for at least 40 years now… I guess everyone knew except me. So now I have to apologize for the stupid comment, go back to school, and review my expectations for Urlacher’s season.
    However, if the megabitterness you rightfully pointed can translate into a rage on the field, it may prove fruitful. It’s only preseason, let me believe this.

  7. Sven, sorry I didn’t address what you said yesterday. I agree with you, “Could care less” should mean that you do care! But it does seem that some people here use it interchangably with “couldn’t care less”, which doesn’t make sense. And Urlacher definitely said “Could care less” with the tone that he absolutely meant “I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU MINIONS THINK!”

  8. I’ll agree with Brian on this. Why should he care what the fans think? It’s a two way street. He didn’t earn all that money just bc of the “adoration of fans”, he earned it by his play on the field. He played middle linebacker like no one had ever done before. The fact that he gets no credit for it is one reason he shouldn’t care what the fans think. Let’s be realistic here. For years he carried the defense and performed at levels so high that he earned huge contracts for it. In recent years fans have turned on him and have been completely unfair with him, in addition to scrutinizing every little thing he says. So it’s ok for fans to treat players like they do but suddenly when players aren’t Mr. Perfect and don’t grovel and say how great fans are, then they’re the bad guy. Sorry, don’t buy it.

  9. I respect your right to have your own opinion Chris. To clarify, I’m not expecting any player to grovel or suck up to me, the fan. I do expect the organization to not allow their players to tell their customers, the fans, to basically go to hell. He’s lost my respect and I will never again call myself a supporter of Brian Urlacher. I’m not a boo’ing fan, I never booed Grossman and never thought ill of Urlacher. But these guys both have generalized to “all the fans”, and that’s not fair.

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