Urlacher hangs up cleatsMay 22nd, 2013 at 12:37 pm by vantate under News, Sports
From the time he injured his knee in the Chicago Bears last game of the 2011 season, you could see it coming. Brian Urlacher’s days on a football field were numbered. After 13 NFL seasons, the 8 time Pro Bowl linebacker has decided to shut it down. Through his twitter account Urlacher said he was retiring because he didn’t feel like he could play up to his standards. He also hinted that his passion wasn’t at the level it needed to be. Since coming into the league and snagging rookie of the year honors in 2000, Urlacher has been the anchor of a very successful Bears defense. He leaves the game as the Bears all time leader in tackles with 1,779. The 2005 Defensive Player of the Year also recorded 41 and a half sacks and 22 interceptions. Before the Bears, he was Brian Urlacher the All American Lobo who lead the nation in tackles. He also scored on both sides of the football. With lightning speed, Urlacher returned his share of punts for a touchdown wearing Lobos cherry and silver. Scoring on both sides of the ball was just a habit he carried over from Lovington High School. Maybe I should consider myself blessed because I got to watch Urlacher dominate a game on both sides of the football while leading Lovington to a state title his senior year. He was unbelievable as a receiver. I don’t know how many people know but, he was equally dominate as a basketball player. Yes…I am telling you he could have had just as much success as a basketball player. I will miss all of his athletic skills. The kids attending his football camps each year will miss getting to play with Urlacher . He became one of them at those camps. One big kid. Thanks Urlacher for all of the memories.