Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson Did Not End Brian Urlacher’s Career

By Todd Pheifer
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Russell Wilson is the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, but apparently he has other talents. In his spare time, he ends the careers of legendary linebackers.

According to Brian Urlacher, Wilson “ended” his career when Urlacher was chasing Wilson on a third down play in overtime during the 2012 season. Urlacher pops his hammy, misses four games and ultimately decides to walk away from the game.

Certainly this makes for a good headline, but it is a bit deceiving. Sorry, Mr. Urlacher, Russell Wilson did not end your career. Your body was done, and it decided that it was time to check out.

If you read between the lines, you realize that Urlacher is not necessarily blaming Wilson for his career ending. It would be different if Wilson blindsided Urlacher and took out his knee with a cheap shot.

Urlacher had a long and successful career with the Chicago Bears. Before walking away from the game, Urlacher put together an impressive 13-year career that included 1,353 tackles, 41.5 sacks and 22 interceptions. Urlacher was mostly durable throughout his career, but he missed almost the entire season in 2009 and missed four games in 2012. At some point, the body rebels.

Needless to say, the grind of the NFL eventually caught up with Urlacher. Perhaps he could have come back and played in 2013, but the Bears decided to move on. Granted, it sounds more interesting to say that Wilson dealt the final, devastating blow to Urlacher’s career.

Something tells me that if Wilson remains a mobile quarterback, he might “end” a few more careers during his time in the NFL. I’m sure he won’t do it on purpose.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.


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