(WSCR) After former Bears safety Danieal Manning intercepted a Jay Cutler pass on Sunday night, TV cameras caught Brian Urlacher shaking hands with Manning during the change of possession.
As is such with football fans, Urlacher caught the ire of some Bears fans for being friendly with a member of an opposing team.
“It blows my mind, it really does,” Manning told The Mully and Hanley Show. “I mean, we’ve been playing this game for such a long time and now we’re professionals. I feel like we deserve the chance … we respect this game enough. We are both competitors. We both respect each other. I was out there with Brian for five years and we developed a friendship. I think the guy was just happy for me. I mean, if he makes a great play I’m gonna be the same way.”
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After he was drafted by the Bears in 2006, Manning spent five seasons in Chicago before signing with the Texans in 2011.
“Between the whistles, it’s on and poppin’. We’re gonna be friends, but we’re supposed to be competing with one another,” Manning said of the Bears. “I just made a play and he came over …. and I walked over to him, exchanged a couple of words, and we shook hands. That was pretty much it. After the game, he just told me he was proud of me. He was just happy that I was able to get into this situation that I enjoy. It was no bad animosity toward the team or the organization or even the players. … I had a better offer on the table with the Houston Texans. That was pretty much it. I felt like I didn’t leave on bad terms and that’s the reason why I was telling everyone in the media that it wasn’t a personal game to me. It was personal seeing my friends, my teammates, my coaches but it wasn’t personal playing this team.”