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A Football Great Calls It Quits; Is the Hall of Fame Next for Brian Urlacher?
Iconic Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement via Twitter on Wednesday, following 13 seasons of leading the team's defense.
In an expanded announcement on WhoSay, Urlacher says:
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 me along the way. I will miss my teammates, my coaches, and the great Bears fans. I'm proud to say that I gavel 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, who became a free agent after last season, was unable to reach a new contract with the Bears during this offseason.
Urlacher was a first-round draft pick of the Bears in 2000 out of New Mexico. He finishes his career with 1,353 tackles, 41.5 quarterback sacks and 22 interceptions.
What the media is saying:
Chicago Tribune: Next stop for Urlacher is Canton
Chicago Tribune: Brian Urlacher retires: Bears great says he's leaving NFL
Chicago Sun-Times: Bears great Brian Urlacher announces retirement
ESPN Chicago: Brian Urlacher retiring from NFL
Sports Illustrated: Brian Urlacher a legend, but retirement comes at right time
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