|Brian Urlacher retires|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, May 22, 2013 at 11:29 am ET
Brian Urlacher Profile
Unable to find a new NFL team during free agency, longtime Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Urlacher released a statement detailing his decision.
"After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire," Urlacher said. "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 spent all 13 of his NFL seasons with the Bears and is regarded as one of the best defenders to ever play for the organization. Urlacher finished his career with 939 tackles, 41.5 sacks and 22 interceptions.
Urlacher, known as the leader of Chicago's defense throughout the 2000s, was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection.
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