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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Says Brian Urlacher Was His Favorite Opponent to Play Against

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Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

The rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears is intense.

Things took a lighter turn on Wednesday’s Jim Rome Show when Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers took the time to touch upon Brian Urlacher‘s decision to retire from the NFL. Urlacher, who was a free agent, could not reach a deal with the Bears and interest wasn’t stacking up by any means — so the All-Pro linebacker decided to call it a career.

Rodgers told Jim Rome, “I just have the utmost amount of respect for him, the way he plays the game. A lot of memories come to mind. He picked me off a couple times, maybe more than anybody else has. But I had one really bad play in the NFC Championship after the 2010 season and was able to somehow grab his knee/thigh area enough to trip him up for a tackle. One of my favorite memories going against Brian. But the thing I loved about going against Brian was the conversation between plays, between series, during TV timeouts. I just have a ton of respect for him and wish him nothing but the best. I’ll miss him out there.”

Sure, Rodgers is just playing up the retirement of Urlacher and crediting the excellent career that he had, but there’s no doubt that he meant everything he said. It’s that level of respect that sometimes can make rivalries that much better.

On the flip side, there’s probably no denying the fact that Rodgers is happy that he will no longer have to line up against the Bears with Urlacher starting him down.

 

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