Brian Urlacher Retires After 13-Year Career With Chicago Bears
Following his historic 13-year NFL career, Brian Urlacher is retiring from professional football. Urlacher, who was selected by the Chicago Bears with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, spent his whole career with Chicago, where he was a four-time Pro Bowler. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2000, he was the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and the following year, appeared in his only Super Bowl.
Said Urlacher via Twitter, Wednesday:
“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 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 with no regrets” – Brian Urlacher, Twitter.
Prior to Urlacher joining the Chicago Bears, from 1990 to 1999, the Bears ranked 17th in points against. After drafting the linebacker, the Bears ranked 5th in the league in points against. He set the team record with 1,179 tackles, and tallied 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, and 11 fumble recoveries.
Brian Urlacher will be eligible for the NFL Hall of Fame in 2018.
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