Inside The Bills

Anderson on time as Urlacher’s teammate

Posted by Chris Brown on May 22, 2013 – 1:14 pm

Bills DE/OLB Mark Anderson played with Chicago 8-time Pro Bowl LB Brian Urlacher, who promptly announced his retirement Wednesday, the first four years of his NFL career (2006-2010).  Anderson, who will be appearing on the John Murphy Show tonight with fill-in host Sal Capaccio, was coming in as a rookie in 2006 with Chicago talked about how welcoming Urlacher was in his first days with the Bears.

“He was a good dude. When I met him he introduced himself and he wasn’t a veteran that tried to overpower rookies,” said Anderson. “He taught me a lot about being a professional with work ethic and I commend him for that. He’s a great guy.”

When it comes to Hall of Fame discussion, Anderson sees Urlacher as a shoo-in.

“From what I saw I think he’s got to be a first ballot (Hall of Famer),” Anderson said. “He’s been in the league for 13 years and playing at a high level. He basically controlled that whole defense. Whatever he said is what we did. He was like a coach out there.”

Anderson felt that Urlacher, among the current Bears, was most revered by the Chicago fans.

“Urlacher, he was Chicago,” said Anderson. “If you ask me personally they should retire his jersey. He meant so much to the whole city. But when I think of Urlacher I think of a hard worker and somebody that I would like to model my game after. I was just glad I had the privilege to play with him and I wish him the best.”


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