First reported by The Big Lead and confirmed by the Chicago Tribune, recently retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher will be joining Fox Sports 1 as a broadcaster this fall. Along with Curt Menefee, Jay Glazer and Ronde Barber, Urlacher will be joining Fox Football Daily, a show to air opposite ESPN’s SportsCenter for the soon-to-be launched network.
This news come on the heels of a somewhat acrimonious departure from the NFL. The team that was defined by his play – and sometimes his play alone – failed to offer him any sort of dollar figure that would keep Urlacher around. Instead of signing with another team as a free agent, Urlacher retired.
At that point, the future Hall of Fame linebacker went on record as saying that he would be “bothered” if the Bears went on to win a Super Bowl without him in the lineup.
So now if the Bears perform extremely well under first year coach Mark Trestman, we all may get some great sound bites out of the new broadcaster and the new television station.
But how will he perform compared to Ray Lewis? Both titans of the game retired following the 2013 season. However, Lewis stepped away from the NFL on top, after having led his Ravens to a second Super Bowl victory. From there, Lewis signed on to work with ESPN.
Both guys are engaging, well-spoken and extremely knowledgeable. However, Fox Sports 1 is banking on the fact that fans will want to watch Urlacher over Lewis as the competition for viewership with ESPN truly heats up this fall.