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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Urlacher Announces Retirement

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Urlacher Announces Retirement
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jason Gillson

In a sad but fitting announcement on Wednesday former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement. The 13-year NFL vet was not resigned by the only team he has known in his career following an injury riddled 2012 season. After exploring all of his options he came to the conclusion that the time was now to call it quits.

"After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire," Urlacher said in a statement he posted on Twitter. "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 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 regret. There's no scenario or amount of money that could bring me back... I'm very happy with my decision. I'm 100 percent solid on this. I'm tired of working out. As old as I am and as much as my body is sore right now, I'm tired of working out."
Sad to see one of the true greats at his position walk away but you have to agree that if his heart is no longer 100% in it, it is the necessary decision. Urlacher was an absolute beast in the middle of the field being at or near the top of the league leaders in tackles just about every full season that he played. He now joins fellow former all-pro linebacker Ray Lewis as the two marque news makers this off-season. What a hall-of-fame draft class that will be a few years from now.

Unfortunately, there comes a time when even the best have to hang them up. For Urlacher that time has come.

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