Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher has revealed that new head coach John Fox has made him feel as welcome as possible following his appointment as head coach of the storied franchise.
Urlacher was one of the most dominant NFL players in the league during the last decade for the Bears, but despite this, he insists that he was made to feel unwelcome during the tenure of previous Bears general manager Phil Emery.
The legendary middle linebacker admitted on Tuesday his level of discomfort at being around the Bears' facility during Emery's time in Chicago, while he also praised new head coach Fox for his approach since joining the Bears.
Making things right
During John Fox's first press conference for the Bears, the former Denver head coach spoke about trying to 'make things right' and Urlacher revealed what he thinks Fox meant by that.
"I just think he wants me to feel comfortable around there again," Urlacher told ESPN on Tuesday. "When Phil was there I didn't feel all that comfortable being around there. I think that's what [Fox] meant. I haven't talked to him yet."
The main reason why Urlacher had or still has a problem with former Bears GM Phil Emery was because of the way the linebacker's career with Chicago ended.
Urlacher's exit from the Bears was somewhat acrimonious after contract talks in March 2013 between him and the team broke down. The linebacker subsequently retired two months from football. But despite this, Urlacher claims he doesn't have an issue with the storied franchise.
"I have no problem with the franchise," Urlacher added. "I have a ton of respect for the McCaskeys, the coaches, everyone. I have no problem with that. The only problem I had was with Phil Emery for the way he treated me in the [contract] situation.
"There was no hate from me towards the McCaskeys or any ill will towards them. It's just [my career] didn't end the way we drew it up, but whose career does? Except for like Ray Lewis or Jerome Bettis or John Elway."
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