CHICAGO - DECEMBER 22: Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears calls defensive signals against the Green Bay Packers on December 22, 2008 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Packers 20-17 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Like most kids in New Mexico, Chicago Bears' linebacker Brian Urlacher grew up watching the Dallas Cowboys play football on Sundays. This season for the first time, the six-time Pro Bowl selection will have the opportunity to play against the Cowboys in North Texas, as Dallas hosts the Bears at JerryWorld in week two, the team's home-opener.
Urlacher, who missed the team's last meeting in Dallas (a Thanksgiving Day game in 2004), is excited to return to the region.
"Playing at Dallas for the first time in my career is going to be fun," Urlacher said, per the Chicago Tribune. "It's close to home. I watched the Cowboys growing up as a kid. I missed the game we played there a few years ago on Thanksgiving because I was hurt."
The last time the two teams met, in 2007 in Chicago, the Cowboys disposed of the Bears with little question, a 34-10 win on the way to a 13-3 regular season and, then, a first round loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
On a semi-relevant note, Urlacher also discussed the deal that sent Donovan McNabb from one Dallas Cowboys' rival (Philadelphia Eagles) to another (Washington Redskins), adopting a stance of passing incredulity that has grown fairly popular in the wake of the trade.
"I don't understand how you can trade a guy like McNabb," Urlacher said. "The guy has been to five NFC championship games. I don't care if he won them all or lost them all, he still got to five of them. He's a winner, man. He seems like a good teammate. Fun guy. I think he's got a lot of good years left in front of him."
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