Brian Urlacher: One of last great linebacking headbangers

Urlacher ranks his top five games

Brian Urlacher holds up the George Halas Trophy after the Bears beat the Saints 39-14 in the NFC Championship game at Soldier Field on January 21,2007.

He said something humorous that went like this: It’s the price you pay for running at full speed into 300-pound men wearing armor. Urlacher calls it quits Linebacker great retires after 13 seasons with Bears He laughed at that, but it was true. For decades, through the legions of great middle linebackers named Chuck Bednarik and Willie Lanier and Joe Schmidt and Dick Butkus and Harry Carson and Mike Singletary and Ray Lewis, the position was defined by brutality. Maybe no other position embraced nastiness and sheer cruelty like the middle linebacker spot — and I mean that in a good way. Urlacher was all of these things. Like Lewis, he used speed to enhance his brutality, and during the 2000s, he embraced wholeheartedly the idea of trying to disembowel opponents — and I mean that in a good way.

Urlacher focuses on golf, not football

Photos: Bears, other golfers at Encompass Championship

Outside of Ray Lewis , no linebacker in the past decade or so has been more accomplished than Urlacher. A future Hall-of-Famer, Urlacher has enough accomplishments to last a lifetime: 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2005 Defensive Player of the Year, eight-time pro bowler and four-time All-Pro. Additionally, Urlacher is the all-time leading tackler in Bears franchise history, beating out the likes of Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary, two Hall-of-Fame linebackers that also played their entire careers with Chicago. Nine times, Urlacher finished a campaign with 100+ tackles. In 2002, Urlacher racked up 151 tackles, the most for the former New Mexico standout in a single season. In his career, Urlacher was one of the premier cover linebackers, rivaling Derrick Brooks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . He finished with 22 interceptions including a career-high five picks in 2007. Urlacher was an all-around force, sacking the quarterback 41.5 times to rank seventh in the pantheon of Bears football. He is only one of four players to theft 20+ interceptions and 40+ sacks in NFL history.

Brian Urlacher was part -- maybe the end -- of a great tradition of nasty middle linebackers.  (USATSI)

No,” Urlacher said. “My agent , when I told him … I just want to retire. He went through every scenario, what if so-and-so calls? What if they offer me $10 million? I dont want to play. I don’t have a desire to play. Im not in shape. I havent been doing football stuff.

Brian Urlacher isn’t interested in coaching or broadcasting

Brian Urlacher

More Podcasts 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 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 Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 that he’s happy with his decision and will be filling out his retirement papers in the immediate future. “I made my mind up a long time ago,” Urlacher said. “It wasn’t like an overnight decision.

Brian Urlacher was one bad dude

Urlacher was a big part of that effort with 10 tackles and one of his 22 career interceptions. It might not have been the most memorable game in terms of the outcome, but it might have the most lasting impact on Urlacher. “That was the last game my mom watched me play,” he said somberly. Lavoyda Lenard watched the Falcons game from her Texas home that afternoon and sent her son a text after the game. The next day, she died suddenly at 51. Urlacher traveled to New Mexico to bury his mother that blog week and rejoined his teammates to face the Saints. He paid to keep his mother’s cell phone on so he could hear her voice, until the phone company eventually disconnected the line.

Brian Urlacher retiring from NFL

Look at the Saints the were not great with out their coach. Then look at teams that have GREAT coaches and they are okay but not great like the cardinals. It takes both players and coaches. hedleykow says: Jun 23, 2013 1:44 PM Ironic that the ones you actually wouldnt mind listening to, dont want a job in broadcasting. And then there is Warren Sapp, who could make a grown man cut his own cable feed in two. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 23, 2013 2:00 PM I think its pretty obvious that all that time with the Bears ruined his love of football. Jun 23, 2013 2:07 PM Big time Bear fan here.

Brian Urlacher announces retirement from NFL

Its very different, Briggs said Tuesday via the Chicago Tribune. I didnt call the plays before, and now I am. I just have a lot of respect. Ive been spoiled for the last 10 years. Lets take a look back at some of the greatest moments of Urlachers NFL career. Who can forget Urlachers 85-yard interception return for a touchdown on BRETT FAVRE?! This is burned in the minds of Green Bay fans everywhere. Need something a little more recent? Check out this GIF of Urlacher lighting up Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. Ouch! His ears are still probably ringing.

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