Hall-of-Fame linebacker Dick Butkus has joined the fracas between Bears Hall-of-Fame running back Gale Sayers and current linebacker Brian Urlacher. And not surprisingly, Butkus backs his former teammate.
Sayers recently questioned the Bears’ personnel decisions, wondering if the team would have enough to compete in 2010 after trading so many draft picks for QB Jay Cutler. Sayers said that Cutler has not done the job after coming over in a blockbuster trade last season. Sayers also questioned whether Urlacher would be able to rebound from his injury after sitting out the nearly all of the 2009 season and if this could be coach Lovie Smith‘s final season.
Urlacher then trashed the movie, “Brian’s Song,” while Sayers said that Urlacher’s acting in those deodorant commercials was as wooden as the floor at the United Center. Or at least as wooden as Butkus on “Hang Time.” (Alright, this last paragraph was made up, but would have been totally cool.)
Butkus told the Chicago Tribune that Urlacher was completely out of line and that Sayers’ concerns are valid.
“It’s a real reach to say: ‘What did Gale do?’ (Shoot), Urlacher wasn’t even born yet, what does he know?
“I say things to other people, too, about the Bears. It’s total frustration. You think (Sayers) is saying it because he hates the Bears? You get so tired of sitting there watching them. …
“Gale is absolutely right when you talk about a linebacker who has played nine years and he is coming back off an injury,” Butkus said. “There should be some concern whether he can reach his ability again.”
You want to know what could put this whole ugly mess to bed? Well, yes, a Super Bowl. But let’s be realistic. No, the thing that could unite former and current Bears … bring free agent LeBron James to the Bulls.
Urlacher even hinted to as much, talking to the Chicago Tribune.
“He would own Chicago. That’s all there is to it,” Urlacher said of James. “I would love for him to come here. I would be at a lot of Bulls games, I’ll tell you that much.
“Obviously, he is the best player in the NBA. He is right there with Kobe. I’m a Kobe guy, too, but LeBron’s the man. He’s the biggest free agent in any sport of all time. No doubt about it.”
So it has come down to LeBron to unite Chicago.