Dec 2, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Bear middle linebacker Brian Urlacher has announced his retirement from the NFL today. Urlacher just released this statement:
"After spending a lot time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made the decision to retire. 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 that I could retire after 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.I want to thank all the people in my life that have help me along the way. I will miss my teammates, my coaches, and the great Bears fans. I’m proud to say that I gave all of you everything I had every time I took the field. I will miss the great game, but I leave with no regrets."
There was a report last week that the Minnesota Vikings were considering Urlacher, and may have even been lose to a deal with him, but Head Coach Leslie Frazier said that the Vikings weren’t near a deal with Urlacher, as was reported over the weekend, and they preferred to take a long look at the options on the current roster before considering other alternatives.
Prior to his retirement, Urlacher was ranked 17th in games started by active players (180). He holds the Chicago Bears season tackles record (153, 2002) and career tackles record (1,192), and is a near-lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.