Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher recently took time out with The XFINITY Sports Guy, Austin Schindel (@XFINITYSports), to provide SB Nation readers with an inside look at the upcoming football season as Brian prepares to begin his thirteenth season with the Chicago Bears.
Austin: I'm here with Brian Urlacher All-Pro linebacker on the XFINITY Couch. Brian, in your words - what is the better way for fans to watch football this coming season - NFL RedZone with XFINITY (for less than $10 per month) or NFL Sunday Ticket (for $199 + hidden costs)?
Brian: I would go with XFINITY. You can catch every touchdown from every game with NFL RedZone. I want to watch the key plays from every game and keep up to speed on what's going on. The live look-ins with RedZone allow me to do this and I can enjoy all the non-stop action every Sunday.
Definitely XFINITY is the way to go.
Austin: During the upcoming season, where do you think we should put the XFINITY Couch - the Best Seat in the House - at Soldier Field?
Brian: That's a good question. Probably four rows up, right behind our bench, so you can see everything going on. Take out those seats and throw this guy (the Couch) right in there. It'll be a lot more comfortable, I'll tell you that much.
Austin: In the NFL today, players change teams so often, yet you've played for the Bears your whole career. What does loyalty mean to you and what would it mean to play your entire career for the Bears?
Brian: Well I'm not going anywhere else, I know that much. I think it's awesome to play your whole career with one team, you know, and that doesn't happen very often these days. You see great players going to other teams, Tomlinson went to the (New York) Jets his last two years. Olin Kreutz left us and went to New Orleans for a year, so it's very rare, but I think I'll be able to stay here for my whole career.
Austin: NFL Network recently ranked you number 51 on the top 100 players of 2012. What does it mean to you to be on that list, and do you think you should be higher?
Brian: Well I didn't vote, so you know (laughing). I mean I can put all of the guys on our team on that list. In my opinion it's all about how you view your own teammates and I would have voted for all of my teammates and I'm sure everyone else would have done the same thing, so just to be on there, like you said, is an honor and I'm a little bit older now so just to be remembered is a good thing I guess.
Austin: You've been one of the best linebackers in the game for the better part of a decade. Who is the next Brian Urlacher out there? Who is the guy you really respect at the MLB position?
Brian: These kids out there are so much better than I was at their age. They are bigger, faster, and stronger. Brian Cushing is a good player. Patrick Willis is a good player out there in San Francisco. There are so many good ones out there. There are a lot of good ones that play outside linebacker as well; Clay Matthews, outside linebacker is really good. But they've evolved so much now since my rookie year, it is a lot different.
Austin: If you could play alongside any linebacker in NFL history, which player would it be?
Brian: Lance Briggs.
Austin: Lance Briggs? Not Mike Singletary?
Brian: Well we play the same position so I won't be able to play with him.
Austin: What if you converted to a 3-4?
Brian: Well he would be the middle and I would be outside or vice versa. I like playing with Lance. Lance Briggs is great.
Austin: As the XFINITY Sports Guy, I was hooked up with the latest technologies and devices so I would not miss any sports action. What does your sports pad look like at your place?
Brian: I watch a lot of college football. I'm not a big watch sports on TV guy unless it's football. Sundays I'm usually playing and I'll watch Sunday night football and Monday night football when I have a chance during the season. But just sitting in my recliner in my room watching TV is probably the best place in the house for me.
Austin: On your bye week, do you typically watch games? If so, what are your thoughts about NFL RedZone on XFINITY?
Brian: Yeah during the bye week I watch games. I usually do something with my family. We'll go away for a couple of days or something, but I definitely watch football on that Sunday afternoon. Yes, I do watch NFL RedZone on XFINITY. We have the games at our facility too so we can watch every game on NFL RedZone. It is great because with NFL RedZone I can watch all the biggest plays as they happen, whether it is when I am at home or at the facility.
Austin: Thank you for your time Brian and good luck this season. For more behind the scenes insights and access to your favorite sports throughout the year, remember to follow @XFINITYSports on Twitter.
With XFINITY, you can watch every touchdown from every game every Sunday afternoon and ESPN Goal Line every Saturday for less than $10 per month. In addition, with access to WatchESPN you can enjoy live ESPN anywhere, including streamed live at Xfinity.com/tv. And unlike DirecTV, XFINITY will not lock you in to a two-year contract and will not raise your bill 100% after the first year. Check out what Pro Bowl Linebacker Brian Urlacher had to say about the upcoming season and life with XFINITY.