He will go down as one of, if not the best middle linebacker in Bears history.
Today, after 13 solid seasons, Brian Urlacher decided it was enough. The linebacker spent the offseason looking for teams to go play for, but couldn’t get inked.
“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher 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 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.”
Urlacher made it obvious that the only team he ever wanted to play for was the Bears, and it was a decision that will keep him as one of the best Bears LB’s ever.