Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is coming out of retirement to play football again.
A monster of the midway is making a comeback — sort of.
Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher is coming out of retirement to play football again. But he’s not going to come running out of the tunnel to save his former team, the Chicago Bears. Instead Urlacher is dusting off the shoulder pads to play for the Fan Controlled Football League, which is exactly what it sounds like it is.
Urlacher is going to play for FCF Zappers, which is a team in a league controlled by fans at every level. Fans pick the owners of the teams that they help create and then pick the players that play for their team. Fans even call the plays, and watch as the games are broadcast on Twitch.
What is the Fan Controlled Football League?
If that sounds wild, it is. The first time this league came to my attention was when someone showed me that Urlacher was coming out of retirement and down the wormhole we all went researching how insane this league is.
It’s the truest answer to the question of what happens if the arm chair coach and general managers on Sundays actually called the shots.
Urlacher hasn’t played football in eight years, but this is not an intense style of football that he will be playing. The FCF league consists of 7-on-7 games on a field that makes the whole thing feel like a bonus play option in Madden.
But Urlacher is back, which continues a long line of superstars who walked away from the game they loved but couldn’t stay away. It’s a dicey choice to make in a pandemic, but Urlacher getting back into football is yet another 2020 plot twist no one saw coming.