Brian Urlacher tweaks Dhani Jones
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher said Wednesday that being excluded from a list of the top 10 linebackers in the league didn't upset him, although he's not very impressed by the list's author.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones provided the list to the NFL Network, and Jones ranked himself seventh while leaving off Urlacher, asking the question: "When was the last time Urlacher got off a block?"
Urlacher, who stopped in the ESPN 1000 studios Thursday for "The Waddle & Silvy Show," and Jones both were drafted in 2000. Urlacher was picked ninth; Jones was No. 177.
"I think we were drafted in the same class, and I haven't heard anything about him since then," Urlacher said. "I saw him on a TV show with a bow tie on, though. So I know him better for the way he dresses than what he does on the football field.
"Look, guys are going to talk. I've definitely had a lot worse things said about me publicly from guys, so I can live with it."
Jones, who was a guest on the show Tuesday, downplayed the list while praising Urlacher's charitable endeavors.
"It's my top 10 list," Jones said. "It's the guys I think [are the top 10], the guys I know, the guys I like the way they play.
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"I'm not taking anything away from Brian Urlacher and the things he's done. He's got defensive accolades. He's been to the Pro Bowl [seven times] far more than I've ever been because I've never been there. But at the same time, it's a list that I've applied. But the most important thing is he's definitely in my top 5 list of philanthropic linebackers. I think that is to be commended."
Jones' charity organization is called "The Bow Tie Cause."