Congratulations to Brian Urlacher on an outstanding NFL career! Today he announced his retirement on Twitter. I lived in Chicago for a few years and got to see Brian play — boy do those fans love them some Urlacher!!! Best of luck in retirement. Check out what he had to say…
Via Michael C. Wright at ESPN:
Brian Urlacher announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons Wednesday on his official Twitter account, ending what many believe was a Hall of Fame career as an iconic Chicago Bears linebacker.
“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher said in a statement he posted on Twitter. “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 I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.”
The Bears parted ways with Urlacher after last season when the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract. Urlacher became a free agent and had said he still had some football left, but he chose to retire after briefly testing the free-agent market.
“I want to thank all of the people in my life that have helped me along the way,” Urlacher said. “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 regret.”
Urlacher told “The Dan Patrick Show” that there is no chance he will change his mind and play again.
“There’s no scenario or amount of money that could bring me back,” Urlacher said. “… I’m very happy with my decision. I’m 100 percent solid on this. I’m tired of working out. As old as I am and as much as my body is sore right now, I’m tired of working out.”