Former Bears LB Brian Urlacher to spend time at Bucs camp
Bucs coach Lovie Smith confirmed Friday he's invited former Bears star linebacker Brian Urlacher to spend some time at training camp.
Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowler, has been out of football for a year and working for FoxSports1. Smith says that with Urlacher, who has experience in his system in Chicago, could be valuable to have around. And Urlacher is just one of many great players Smith has tapped into since taking over the job.
"Brian is a family member for life," Smith said. "I've had the priveledge to be around a lot of great players, any great player I've been around is always welcome wherever I am. We're trying to build something here football-wise, and I'm going to call on the Brian Urlachers of the world, and of course all our former Bucs around here. Derrick Brooks will tell you I've been in his ear quite a bit, got a chance to text with John Lynch yesterday... anytime you can have players around your current roster that have been through our system and know what it takes, it's a good thing. I will always be inviting any old player that I've been around."
Urlacher appeared to downplay his role with the Bucs earlier this week.
“(Smith) asked me to come help and hang out for a week in training camp,” Urlacher said Tuesday afternoon at a Fox Sports event in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. “I’m not a very good coach.”