When you hear about the Chicago Bears, generally the story is the team’s offense. From high-profile free agents to struggles and general misbehavior, the Bears offense is an obsessive vocal point because the Bear’s defense is really good year-in and year-out. You don’t have to worry about the defense, because Brian Urlacher is there to keep it locked down. Well, not anymore. Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will be retiring from the NFL at age 35.
“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” wrote Urlacher 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 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 me 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.”
Since being drafted in 2000, Urlacher has been a Chicago Bear. He played 182 games with the team, winning both the defensive rookie of the year and defensive player of the year awards, as well as making 8 Pro Bowls and the NFL’s 2000’s All-Decade team.
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