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Brian Urlacher, former Chicago Bears linebacker, retires from NFL

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Former Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker, Brian Urlacher, announced his retirement from the NFL via Twitter on Wednesday.

Urlacher, 34, played all 13 seasons of his career for Chicago, earning numerous honors including Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000. Urlacher was selected for 8 Pro Bowls.

 

“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 the 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.”