Brian Urlacher shook the hand of former Chicago Bears teammate Danieal Manning after he made an interception Sunday night.
And he doesn’t give a damn what you think about it.
Urlacher responded to critics on Monday during an appearance on the “Waddle & Silvy Show” on WMVP-AM 1000. Manning intercepted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and forced a fumble in the Houston Texans’ 13-6 victory at Soldier Field.
After the pick, Urlacher congratulated him for a nice play.
“That was a nice play. I could give a crap about what people think on the street. Get mad at me all you want, I could give … I could give a crap about what people say,” Urlacher said on the show Monday.
“Danieal Manning is a friend of mine, he was a teammate for five or six years, and that's the way it is. He made a catch and was running toward the sideline to say something to Coach, so I walked out there.
“The guy had a good game, he caused a fumble, had a pick. He's my friend. I wish he wouldn't have caught it, but he did, so nice play to you. I don't give a crap about what fans or people say, they can kiss my butt. I don't care.”
Urlacher says the opponent doesn’t need to be the bad guy when a play is not in progress. That is not how he operates.
“When the ball is snapped I want to tackle the other guy, the other team is my enemy,” Urlacher said. “I don't want any part of being a friend. I'm not going to take it easy on the guy when he catches the football and not try and hit him because he's a friend of mine. It doesn't happen. Take (ex-Bear and Carolina Panthers tight end) Greg Olsen. If he catches the ball I'm going to try and (tackle him). He knows that, and he's going to try and make me miss. And Greg is a good friend of mine as well.
“When the play is over, it's over. It's not like I have to go out there and be a jerk to him because it's during the game and I'm a tough guy. That's not the way it is. They're my friends. Between the whistles I'm going to try and get them, and when the play is over we'll go back to doing whatever.
“It's just dumb that people think that. 'Why did you help that guy up after you tackled him?' Because I wanted to. What's the big deal? 'Butkus would have never done that.' Well, I'm not Dick Butkus. I'm Brian Urlacher, and sometimes I help people up. Sorry if that pisses you off.”
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