(photo from flickr user mike morbeck)
Some sad but happy news coming out of the NFL today. Brian Urlacher has announced he is retiring from the NFL.
“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher wrote in a statement. “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 a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear. I want to thank all of the people in my life that have helped 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 this great game, but I leave it with no regrets.”
Urlacher played 182 games with the Bears. He won the defensive player of the year in 2005, lead the Bears to the Superbowl in 2006 and leaves the Bears as the franchise leader in tackles with 1,779.
Thank you Brian Urlacher. Have a great retirement. You earned it.