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Brian Urlacher quotes: insight on football, toughness, Hall of Fame, and more, from one of the greatest middle linebackers of all-time, Chicago Bears’ Brian Urlacher.

“I want to be remembered as a championship football player.”

“You want to be the best at your position.  And if people think of me as one of the best ever, that’s the ultimate compliment.”

“You can’t take a second off.  I have to keep proving myself every Sunday.”

“I like to think of myself as a regular guy, except I play football for a living.  I try not to be an arrogant turd out there.”

“Coming from a small town in New Mexico, I was just happy to go to college for free.  Then I got better and better.’’

“If you play middle linebacker, you want to play in Chicago because, to me, it’s the most coveted defensive position in football: middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears.  It was an honor.”

“I tried to be the same to everyone.  You know the first day of training camp, when you don’t know everybody’s names because there are so many guys?  Bullsh*t, I knew everybody’s name.  I knew the linemen’s names, the receivers and DBs nobody knew.  I tried to treat everyone the same.  I’d say hi to everybody and talk to everyone.  That’s the way Lovie and Dick Jauron were to us.  They treated us all the same.”

“That p*ssed me off, and the next year what happened?  I was NFL defensive player of the year.  I think I was vindicated.”

“It was always talked about but personally I didn’t compare to other players.  I felt I was different than other players at my position.”

“People don’t think I’m big enough to be mean.  I don’t look big enough, but I am.”

“I lead by example.  But if I get p*ssed enough, I’ll say something.  It usually isn’t rah-rah; it’s more complaining.”

“If you play angry, you lose what you’re supposed to do.  On defense we just read our keys and play fast.”

“I see things as they happen pretty quick, and I just go hit it.”

“It’s freaking football.  There are going to be big hits.  I don’t understand how they can do this after one weekend of hitting.  And I can’t understand how they can suspend us for it.  I think it’s a bunch of bull.”

“You’ve got to be a little nasty out there.  But most of the time, I’m having fun.”

“How great a life is this?  To get to knock guys’ heads off for 60 minutes and not get thrown in jail?”

“I think it’s the best position in football.  You’re right in the middle of it all.  Everything comes to you.”

“Two of the people I don’t care about: fans or media.”

“You can call it ugly if you want, but I’d call it a win.”

“I love when people pick against us because we just go out and prove them wrong.  In training camp, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind we had the personnel to do it.  It was just a matter of staying healthy and going out there and doing it.  Knock on wood, we stayed healthy, and it’s been a fun season for us so far.”

“Just watch the film.  I don’t know what people are saying, but I’m not too worried about it anymore.  All I can do is go out there and play hard and try and help my team win, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing.”

“But I hate the way our identity has changed.  We used to establish the run and wear teams down and try not to make mistakes, and we’d rely on our defense to keep us in the game and make big plays to put us in position to win.  Kyle Orton might not be the flashiest quarterback, but the guy is a winner, and that formula worked for us.  I hate to say it, but that’s the truth.”

“They’ve had some great ones here – Butkus, Singletary, and Bill George – but I’m not trying to be like them.  I’m just trying to be me.”

“From the highlights I’ve seen, Butkus was a violent dude in a violent era.  You could clothesline then, you could head-slap then.  He was mean – he could do anything he wanted to back then.  We get penalized now if we graze the quarterback’s helmet.  We get fined if we hit the quarterback the wrong way.”

“I love football in the rain.  That is what it’s all about.”

“I hate talking about myself, but just look at the way I changed the position.  I changed what was asked of middle linebackers, to do what a lot of guys can’t do: cover 40 yards down the middle and still play the run.  Most guys can do one or the other, and you bring someone in on third downs.”

“I was the guy who could do it all.  I could blitz, especially early in my career.  I had the interceptions, the tackles for a loss.  There were no glaring weaknesses in my game.  Of course I didn’t get off blocks great; not a lot of guys did.”

“This process was stressful but now it’s definitely worth the wait.  What an amazing class I get to be enshrined with.  I’m happy my family got to go through this process with me and put up with me through the whole thing.’’

“I didn’t feel any stress up until today.  I knew we had two guys getting in for sure – Randy and Ray.  It was a long process.  You just don’t know what to expect until you go through it I guess.  Hearing guys tell stories of what they went through and didn’t get in, that’s what I was thinking about.  To get over the hump the first time, it’s pretty awesome.  This is a great class.”

“It’d be sweet to go in on first ballot, but any time would be awesome.  Whatever happens, happens.  I’m not really nervous.  My numbers aren’t going to change.”

“It’s unreal.  It’s a great tradition.”

“My mom is my heart.  But my stepdad was my role model, the hardest working man I ever knew.”

That’s it from Urlacher.  Want more wisdom?  Stay in Chi-Town, but switch sports – peep Jordan’s best quotes next.

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