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BEING BRIAN URLACHER: Offseason Frequent Flier
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Top Offseason Plans
2. Family Time: The season lasts so long and takes so much out of you, so it's huge to get some time with the family. We're planning to head back to Albuquerque for a week or two this summer.
3. Have fun: You have to have fun and enjoy the downtime when you can. I'll start getting mentally ready for next season around June or July.
4. Golf: I'm going to hit the links big-time.
5. Stay healthy
Alicia A. from New Haven, IN: "Hey Brian! I'm 15 years old. You are my idol! I have a picture of you in my room that I look at for inspiration. You are the best middle linebacker I have ever seen! I have a question for you I love football and every chance I get I am out playing. All my guy friends make fun of me and say that I should find a new sport to like because football just isn't for girls. Do you agree with them? Thank you so much for reading this!"|
BRIAN: Alicia, play whatever you want to play, why not? I know it's a male-dominated sport, but if you like it, keep playing it. Tell your guy friends to deal with it. Times are changing! David M. from Sturtevant, WI: "Hey Brian, I am a 15-year-old from Wisconsin and I get a ton of crap for liking the Bears, but you guys were awesome this year. Thank you for tryin' your hardest every week and making Chicago a winner again. Winning the division made it that much sweeter over all the Packer fans. Congrats on all your awards this year, and for another great season.
One quick question ... What do you think the Bears need in the offseason to help make our great team better, so all us Bear fans can see the Bears in the Super Bowl? And by the way, your basement sounds like the coolest place ever!!!"
BRIAN: David, I don't think we need much, to be honest. If anything, we just need a little experience playing more in the big games but then again, we got that this year. I don't really see us needing certain players to pick up. You could always use more depth, but even last year we didn't have many injuries. As long as we stay healthy, we should be OK. Tristan D. from Oconowomac, WI: "Hey Brian! I got a question. Is it hard to be fast and hit hard at the same time? A lot of people are either really fast and can't tackle well, or they are huge and make huge tackles. I hope the BEARS have a great season next year. GO BEARS!!!" BRIAN: Tristan, I don't think it's very hard, haha! Obviously the faster you're going, the harder the hit and the contact is going to be. So I think if you like to hit, and you can run faster, it makes it even better because you're going to have better collisions. I think it's easier if you're faster because you can whack them even better. Most of the time they go backwards if you're fast.
During the season I checked in weekly to break down a game, talk about life in the Windy City, and give you an inside glimpse into my world as an NFL player.
THE LIFE OF BRIAN
Offseason means VegasThe offseason's going by fast! We've gone to Vegas. We've gone to Hawaii. We've been back to Chicago. I've been out to L.A. It's been pretty crazy. Vegas sucked, because I got my head beat in at the tables. No, it was actually a lot of fun. We had a good time, but I didn't win at all. I got my ass kicked at the tables. But it was nice to spend some more time with Laurie. We went there with our defensive coordinator, Greg Blache, and his wife. I was in town to sign autographs. Blache is a cool guy, man. He likes to have a good time. We all stayed at Caesar's. All those casinos are the same to me. The last time I was there I stayed at the Luxor, and when we go back at the end of this month we're going to stay at Mandalay Bay. It's all the same to me, man.