With the recent announcement that he will retire from professional football, long-time Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher opened up a pretty good debate: is he or is he not a Hall of Famer? Many believe so, but one person who is not quite convinced of that is former New York Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi.
“I think he’s a borderline Hall of Famer,” Accorsi said on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio. “I don’t know that he’s a definite Hall of Famer. I think there is a host of them, like Willie Lanier, that were dominant players. He was good, but I wouldn’t put him in that level.”
Looking at Urlacher's resume of consistency, it's hard to say he doesn't belong in Canton. But then again, if players like Michael Strahan are snubbed, anything is possible. And for Accorsi, he just doesn't believe Urlacher is a lock.
“I definitely wouldn’t [say he's a sure thing],” Accorsi said. “That’s my opinion. I don’t think he’s a guarantee. I mean, he may get in because he got a lot of publicity and he was a hard player. But his span that he covered was really restricted. Now a lot of those middle linebackers were in those days. They didn’t have three or four wide receivers so they stayed on the field for three downs. They might be off today. But, no, I certainly don’t have him in [Dick] Butkus or Ray Lewis [category]. And I don’t think he should be in there, really with [Joe] Schmidt and [Ray] Nitschke and those guys, either.”
What say you, fans? Is Brian Urlacher a Hall of Famer?
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