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Urlacher leaving Chicago

March 26, 2013 - Terri Castelaz
Very sad news for Chicago Bear fans. After 13 years, veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher and the Bears parted ways.

The 34-year-old Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl player, started 180 games from 2000 through 2012, recording a team-record 1,779 tackles. The ninth overall selection in the 2000 draft has 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. He was the AP's defensive player of the year in 2005 and helped lead the 2006 team to the Super Bowl.

Really this wasn’t enough to pay the man.

Urlacher stated he felt like it was a slap in the face. And I can see his point. He was working hard in the off season to get back on the field. Granted we all know he wasn’t going to be the player he was in his 20s, but you know when he is on the field he gives it his all. Devon Hester posted, “One of the greatest players ever to wear a Bears uniform... #54... sad day for our team... sad day for Chicago.”

In addition to Hester, every member of the team has been saddened by the news.

Nothing is definite on his future if he will sign with another team or retire, but it will be very hard to see Urlacher wearing other colors than navy and orange. It just will not be the same this season without #54 leading the defense on the field. He will always be a Chicago Bear.

When media asked Urlacher what he'll miss the most about his time in Chicago, he stated, the No. 1 thing is his teammates. He will miss them the most.

The Bears have very big shoes to fill. Seems almost impossible to see another player of his caliber at this point, but we can all hope.

 
 

 

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