End Of An Era: Urlacher Hangs Up The Cleats

Photo taken by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Photo taken by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

LB Brian Urlacher was a defensive and team cornerstone for the Chicago Bears for more than a decade.

Former Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher has decided to hang up the cleats.

Urlacher was a free agent this offseason, and there was a lack of interest in the storied linebacker. The Bears had a coaching change this offseason, and that subsequently hurt Urlacher’s tenure with his long time team.

Photo taken by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Photo taken by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Anyhow, Urlacher had an amazing career. Over the course of his 13 year career, Urlacher tallied 1362 total tackles, 41.5 sacks, 78 passes defended, 22 picks, and two touchdowns.

Urlacher ventured to eight Pro Bowls. The Bears’ first round pick in 2000 was the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Urlacher played with all the traits of the former Monsters of the Midway: tenaciousness, passion, and aggression.

Statement: [courtesy ChicagoBears.com]

After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire. 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 I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.

I want to thank all of the people in my life that have helped along the way. I will miss my teammates, my coaches, and the great Bears fans. I’m proud to say that I gave all of you everything I had every time I took the field. I will miss this great game, but I leave it with no regrets.

Urlacher will be immortalized in the Canton someday, and rightfully so.

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