Things could have ended in a much different way for Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears. After it looked like things were going to get ugly following the linebacker’s decline of the Bears’ contract offer, he ultimately decided to walk away from the game of football, and not to play for another team. Urlacher has admitted that he wouldn’t have minded playing another season for the Dallas Cowboys, but I think most football fans can agree that it would have just been weird seeing him play in Big-D.
Now several weeks into his retirement, the legendary linebacker has confirmed that he no longer has a desire to play football.
“I don’t want to play. I don’t have a desire to play. I’m not in shape. I haven’t been doing football stuff. I’m sure I’ll miss it when it’s time to put the pads on and stuff. But I won’t miss how my body feels when I’m done,” said Urlacher.
These are the right things for the future hall-of-famer to be saying. It sounds like he’s very at peace with his decision to call it a career, and that’s the way it should be. Urlacher didn’t retire out of pressure from an organization, it seems like he truly did it because he’s over the effects that football has on his body. His comments indicate that he feels the risk is no longer worth the reward, and most logical thinking fans will agree with his assessment.
You can never say never in the world of sports, but I don’t even think there’s a slight chance that No. 54 comes out of retirement. He is going to get the itch here in a couple more months once the season rolls around, but if he’s not in shape, he won’t even have the option to return. Safe to say, you won’t be seeing Urlacher working out at a local high school in his hometown, or pulling a Brett Favre anytime soon.
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