Losing two of three games to the Green Bay Packers last season, including a 21-14 loss in the NFC Championship Game, hasn't changed Brian Urlacher's opinion of which team is tops in the NFC.
"I think we're the best team in our conference," Urlacher said while speaking to elementary school students in Albuquerque, N.M., according to the Albuquerque Journal. "I know we're not the Super Bowl champs like the Green Bay Packers. ... We want to be the best in our conference and to be there, we've got to go through Green Bay."
Urlacher said the NFL lockout isn't keeping him from following his normal offseason routine.
"It's a little longer, that's all," Urlacher told the paper. "Longer than I'd like it to be. I'm still working out hard -- just not with my teammates. That's the biggest difference. I'm doing the same program I would be if I were at the facility."
The former University of New Mexico standout appeared at the school near his hometown of Lovington to promote the NFL's "Fuel Up To Play 60" program, which promotes a healthier lifestyle for kids.
The seven-time Pro Bowl performer did not want to discuss issues surrounding the league's current labor stoppage.
"I'm not going to get into it," Urlacher said. "I want to play football. I know everyone else wants to play football. Hopefully we can make that happen soon."