Aaron Rodgers has a ton of respect for his former NFC North rival, Brian Urlacher. That's why the Green Bay Packers' star quarterback believes the Chicago Bearswill wind up missing their longtime middle linebacker.
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"It's kind of like us with losing (Charles) Woodson," Rodgers told Dan Pompeii of the Chicago Tribune. "It's tough to lose a guy of that leadership ability. Playmaking aside, I think both guys can still play at a high level.
"They are guys who bring more than just their on-the-field ability. They bring so much more to a locker room and a defense. That veteran presence, that leadership, that track record they have, the experience. When they get up in a meeting and talk, everybody is quiet. They're definitely going to miss his presence and his ability and his leadership."
"I always appreciated the approach he takes to the game," Rodgers said. "Against the Bears, you never had to worry about cheap shots around the pile or after the whistle. They played the right way, and it was led by Brian."
The question now becomes if Rodgers ever will face Urlacher again as a member of a team other than the Bears. It's early, but there doesn't seem to be much interest in Urlacher.