Brian Urlacher Announces Retirement After 13 Seasons With Chicago Bears

By Dan Parzych
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

One of the biggest stories this offseason has been which team will take a shot on former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher for the 2013 season. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like any team will have a shot at the future Hall of Famer now that’s he’s decided to call it a career.

Urlacher announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday after spending all 13 years of his career with the Bears–which comes as a bit of a surprise considering he seemed to have another good year or two left in him. It came as quite the surprise this offseason when Chicago parted ways with Chicago as they claimed the linebacker was asking for too much money and the organization didn’t seem willing to negotiate a deal for less money than he was asking for.

Urlacher officially released a statement to announce his retirement on Twitter and when it comes to players you wish had won a Super Bowl in their career–it’s safe to say Urlacher ranks near the top of that list. Chicago has always had a reputation for having one of the top defenses in the NFL and Urlacher proved to be one of the most effective leaders in the league throughout his career.

There were numerous seasons where the Bears seemed capable of winning the Super Bowl during Urlacher’s career, but they unfortunately were never able to come through. Either way, there’s no question Urlacher will go down as one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game and it’s only a matter of time before his name is on the ballot to join some of the other NFL greats in Canton.

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