Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher announced today that he is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons.
I know this is a Packers website but when one of the all-time greats from a division rival hangs up the cleats, it’s noteworthy. Urlacher is a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer. No doubt about it. Even the casual fan knows who he is and what he accomplished for the Chicago Bears and the NFL.
Packers fans surely will forever remember the frustration that he caused them and their team during all of those years.
Here is the message Urlacher posted via his Twitter account:
He ends a career in which he wore only one uniform and was the face of the franchise. In today’s NFL, it is rare to see a player stay with his original team for that length of time. But it almost didn’t end that way.
The Bears had released Urlacher earlier this offseason and, initially, it created a bit of a rift between he and the team. Reports emerged that Urlacher felt that the Bears made him a very low “take it or leave it” offer to stay this season, and he chose to leave it.