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« on: May 22, 2013, 12:36:01 PM »

One of the greatest Chicago Bears of all-time will not put on another team's uniform. Brian Urlacher announced his retirement Wednesday on Twitter.

"After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire," he wrote in a statement. "Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards. When considering this, along with the fact that that I could retire after a 13 year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear."

Urlacher's foot speed rapidly diminished in 2012 because of a knee injury, and he struggled to find interested suitors in free agency this offseason after he couldn't come to terms on a new contract with the Bears. Urlacher was only one season removed from a resurgent 2011 campaign, but the end often comes quickly in the NFL, even for the eight-time Pro Bowl selection.

Urlacher entered the league as an immediate star, racking up eight sacks as the 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year. He won the 2005 AP Defensive Player of the Year, and was the key player during a dominant stretch for former Bears coach Lovie Smith's defense. Urlacher made four first-team All Pro teams, a sign of a player at the very top of the game.

"I'm proud to say I gave all of you everything I had every time I took the field. I will miss the game, but I leave it with no regrets," Urlacher said.


It's somehow appropriate to see Urlacher retire in the same year as Ray Lewis. Even though they had different styles, Urlacher was in many ways the defining middle linebacker in the NFC for a decade, with Lewis in the AFC.

While Lewis surely is much higher on the "all-time greats" list, Urlacher helped redefine the game as the classic "Tampa 2" middle linebacker. A former college safety at New Mexico, Urlacher's ability to rack up tackles while covering tight ends deep down the field was breathtaking.

Lewis and Urlacher's careers diverged in many ways, especially at the end, but they should land in Canton together five years from now.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000205306/article/brian-urlacher-retiring-after-13-years-as-chicago-bear
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2013, 03:35:28 PM »

Tough as fucking nails this guy was. His body just had enough.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2013, 07:14:18 PM »

I was shocked to hear this news. Thought for sure Urlacher would have given it a go with another team. Maybe this presents some loyalty to the Bears? He spent all 13 of his years in the NFL with them and did not want to play elsewhere. I tip my cap to him if he uses this among his reasons for retirement.

No doubt I will miss watching him play. Urlacher always gave 110% effort on every play. Seems like he never quit on the play and did not stop until the whistle. The NFL needs more guys like him.

What do you guys think, if Urlacher a future HOF electee? How about a first ballot HOFer?
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2013, 08:03:50 PM »

Well.. him and Ray Ray will be eligable the same year now.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2013, 11:12:24 PM »

Utmost respect for him.  Played for the same team for 13 years, never took a contract with more money to go to another team.  Played tough every game.  He should go into the Hall of Fame, whether it'll be first ballot depends on who else will be eligible at that time.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2013, 08:52:41 AM »

Well.. him and Ray Ray will be eligable the same year now.

Correct. Out of the two, the word on the street is Ray Lewis is pretty much a "lock" to be a first ballot electee. I would say I agree Lewis is first ballot bound. Urlacher.... ehh to me, I don't think he is a first ballot guy. IMO he'll be similar to Cris Carter, where he won't get in on the first few tries, but will finally get elected.
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