Contact Us

Brian Urlacher Has A Change Of Heart, Retires Unexpectedly

Getty Images

In somewhat of a stunning move and despite being defiant about continuing his playing career, Brian Urlacher has retired after 13 years, all with the Chicago Bears.

After contract negotiations broke off with the Bears in March Urlacher pronounced himself ready to continue playing even with another team. It seemed almost personal that he had something left and wanted to stick it to the Bears. Chicago offered the Middle Linebacker only a 1 year deal for about 2 million. Urlacher felt the offer was insulting.

Urlacher is 3rd in Bears history in games played with 180. He was the defensive  rookie of the year in 2000. He was the next great Chicago middle linebacker, following in the foot steps of Mike Singletary and Dick Butkus.

Urlacher claimed in radio interviews after making his retirement public that contract offers he was hearing weren’t worth putting his body on the line for. There was speculation that he might return to the Bears for a 14th season but bears management seemed luke warm on that idea.

Urlacher showed much love in his comments for now former Bears coach Lovie Smith, who was fired after the season and replaced by Marc Trestman.

Urlacher had a decent final season by his standards. He was in on 68 tackles which for some players is a really good year. For the monster in the middle it was just OK.

Urlacher must have thought long and hard about this choice and it sounded as such. After initially being defiant about retiring he now claims he wanted to only play for 1 team in his career, that being the Chicago Bears. Next stop for Urlacher will probably be the hall of fame

More from 104.5 The Team

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1045theteam.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!