The Chicago Bears lost veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher to retirement today. The Bears have long been known for their strong defense, and for the last 13 seasons, Urlacher has been a leader on that defense.
Chicago will be hard pressed to find a replacement for Urlacher, who averaged over 100 tackles per season.
"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."
Urlacher also thanked everyone who helped him along the way and said that he would miss his teammates, coaches and Bears fans. He is happy with his decision and feels comfortable that this is the right time to go.
The Bears will certainly miss Urlacher in the coming months, and they will rely heavily on Lance Briggs during the season. Urlacher retires having never worn anything but the Chicago Bears logo. Number 54 will forever be regarded as one of the best linebackers to play the game.
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