One-on-One with Brian Urlacher

Kevin WhitesellCorrespondent IMay 12, 2009

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 12:  Head coach Lovie Smith (L) and Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears watch the replay during an official review in the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on October 12, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

He plays a position synonymous with violence and collisions.

He plays a position on a team synonymous with Hall of Famers and legends.

He is Brian Urlacher, middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears.

Urlacher, a six-time Pro Bowler, has been the staple of the Bears’ D for the past nine years. Critics charge him as overrated—others believe him to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. If given the opportunity for a one-on-one interview, I would ask him the following 10 questions.

  1. Do you feel that you have revolutionized the MLB position?
  2. What would you do differently in trying to tackle Jerome Bettis on that fateful 2005 snowy afternoon in Pittsburgh?
  3. Butkus or Singletary?
  4. Do you have what it takes to be a Hall of Famer?
  5. Has you role changed over the years?
  6. 6. Who is the toughest quarterback to read?
  7. What motivates you as a player?
  8. How much gas left in the tank to play at a high level?
  9. If you could not be a player or involved in football in any way, what would you be doing?
  10. When your team needs a sack, what is you best move to get to the opposing quarterback?