Originally written on IMAGE CPR SPORTS  |  Last updated 10/24/14

Via Image CPR:

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said he doesn’t care if fans didn’t like him congratulating Houston Texans safety Danieal Manning after Manning intercepted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler last Sunday.

Urlacher and Manning are former teammates. Manning played for the Bears from 2006-2010.  Cameras showed Urlacher shaking hands with his former teammate after the pick.

“That was a nice play,” Urlacher said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show.” “I could give a crap about what people think on the street. Get mad at me all you want. I could give a crap about what people say. 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.”

On the one hand, you might consider the handshake to be fraternizing with the enemy. On the other hand, you might call it good sportsmanship.

“The guy had a good game, he caused a fumble, had a pick, Urlacher said. “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.”

The Texans beat the Bears, 13-6.  That’s what makes the handshake so controversial.

Urlacher believes his friends become enemies on the field during play — but in between plays, he has no intention of being “a jerk.”

“When the play is over, it’s over,” Urlacher said. “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 (ticks) you off.”

5 Comments:
  • At least there is one particle of class left in pro sports, it goes by the name Urlacher-Chicago Bear.
  • Urlacher, maybe you should invite all your old teammates that make plays AGAINST your CURRENT teammates to your house to meet your sister. Too bad you played like you were 50 years old against the Texans, Urlacher. I saw you get run over, run right by, try failed one armed tackles, and get run right over. And then you CONGRADULATE the opposition? Probably because you have a "Player's Coach" like like Lovie (vanilla) Smith? How many Superbowl rings have you got, Urlacher? Not as many as you've been labeled "The Most Overrated Player in the N.F.L.!!!!!!" Kiss OUR behinds, Urlacher! Maybe you should see how Cutler feels about his concussion and his teammates congradulating someone that intercepted him.
  • really.....congradulate! You're an idiot!!
  • I spelled it phonetically, but incorrectly. The correct spelling is c-o-n-g-r-a-t-u-l-a-t-e. I made a mistake. Now, if I was Urlacher, I'd say "kiss my butt" to you. You want me to do that big guy? Would you like that, you freaking sports grammar hound???? Get a life.
  • Yes, I spelled a word wrong. The word is supposed to be spelled "congratulate." I didn't know "Yardbarker" had a grammar hound. Congratulations on that dubious distinction under the circumstances. Do you have anything substantive to say about my post?
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.