In an episode of Barstool Sports’ “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast that was recorded in June of 2022, the Hall of Fame linebacker spoke about a number of things, including retirement and his career with the Bears. It was his comments about former players and CTE that left some people scratching their heads.
Urlacher, 44, retired from the NFL after the 2012 season. He spent his entire career in Chicago, and while discussing his current state after playing for 13 years, the four-time All-Pro LB accused other former players of lying about having CTE.
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Urlacher on Ex-Players: ‘They Want Money’
“I feel like I’m decently sharp still. You know, there’s some things I forget, but my friends forget s***, too,” Urlacher said on the podcast. “I feel like I’m still doing pretty well. There are some guys I played with who claimed — I don’t know, here’s the problem now with all the guys with the CTE, if they do have it, I feel for them, but there’s guys who say they have it just so they can be in the f****** lawsuit,” Urlacher said.
“They want that money from the NFL and I get it, man,” Urlacher continued. “You know, everyone wants to get there due, but there’s really guys that have it, that deserve to be taken care of. And there’s the guys that don’t have it who want to be — who want to have it just so they can get part of that lawsuit and that just drives me crazy.”
One error in Urlacher’s thinking is that both current and former players can only be diagnosed with CTE post-mortem. While researchers are continuing to work on finding ways to consistently diagnose CTE in living people, that breakthrough hasn’t come yet.
Another point of confusion is that there is no current lawsuit for players to be a part of.
In 2016, the NFL reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against the league by more than 4,000 former players. The settlement included an “uncapped monetary fund through which any retired player who is …read more