Linebacker Brain Urlacher Decides to Retire After 13 Seasons with the Bears (VIDEO)

Last March after the Chicago Bears and Brian Urlacher could not agree on a renewed contract, Urlacher was stunned that the team he was loyal to for 13 seasons, decided to let him go. After he was let go by the Bears, and subsequently receiving minimal interest from other teams, Urlacher announced his retirement on Wednesday, May 22.

Brian Urlacher announces his retirement on May, 22, 2013, after 13 seasons with the Bears.

In a statement on his Twitter page Urlacher said, “After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire. 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.”

Urlacher, who also appeared on the Dan Patrick Radio Show on Wednesday, said that his body was telling him it was time to retire and that he didn’t want to wear another jersey. “I decided I didn’t want to play for anybody else. I still have a ton of respect for the Bears. It didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, but I played 13 years for one of the best franchises in NFL history. I’m very proud of that, and I’m happy I won’t have to wear another jersey.”

Urlacher said friends and family members told him he could still play “and maybe I can … but I don’t want to. Honestly, I’m done. I don’t want to play anymore. … As old as I am and as much as my body is sore right now, I’m tired of working out.”

Jerry Rice is disappointed that Urlacher decided to retire, but calls Urlacher a gladiator.

Brian Urlacher is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and was named 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Urlacher established himself as one of the NFL’s most productive defensive players. After winning the NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2000, he has been elected to eight Pro Bowls, and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005. His playing style, accomplishments and reputation have made him one of the team’s most popular players.

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