May 22, 2013 2:00 PM by Smash
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.”
This is by far the best move Brian Urlacher could have made. For most of the offseason, it was looking like he was going to return for at least another year in the NFL..whether it was for the Bears or another team. After turning down the Bears offer, it was rumored he was in talks with the Giants and a couple of other teams.
Between an injury plagued career and only wearing one uniform during his entire professional career, this was the only move. If he returned, there would have been a very good chance of another injury, which could have resulted in ending his career through injury…never a good look. Bowing out voluntarily was really the only move here. He retires as a Chicago Bear and doesn’t go out ala Brett Favre. He’s been a huge part of the Bears for the last 12 seasons and #54 will also be associated with him.
It’s a sad day for Bears fans and football fans. Would be awesome to see him working in the Bears organization one way or another.