Ex-Bears LB Brian Urlacher retires

Urlacher, Lewis broke the mold for prototype inside linebackers

”In the pantheon of Bears, Brian has earned his place alongside Halas, Grange, Nagurski, Ditka, Payton – and yes, Bill George, Butkus and Singletary,” Bears chairman George McCaskey said. ”We congratulate Brian on a brilliant career and he will continue to be a welcomed member of the Bears Family in retirement.” Added receiver Earl Bennett on Twitter: ”Great player… Great teammate… Awesome person!!!!” Former Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer posted on Twitter: ”(at)BUrlacher54 was the most coachable superstar, best locker room leader I ever played with. Proud to call him a teammate for 8 seasons.” And defensive end Israel Idonije , a free agent, wrote, ”It was an honor & privilege to work and learn from (at)BUrlacher54 over the past 10 years. (hash)ThanksBruh.” NEED SOME?

Brian Urlacher Close to Signing with Fox Sports 1, Should Be Complete This Week [UPDATE]

Why not join fellow graybeards Tony Gonzalez and Steven Jackson for a good team that’s all in for the brass ring like the Falcons? They could use an upgrade at middle linebacker, though Urlacher might have to accept a limited role as Akeem Dent did with Atlanta last year. He’d also probably have to take something closer to the $2 million deal he rejected in Chicago. Baltimore Ravens: With Ray Lewis retired and Dannell Ellerbe on South Beach, Baltimore has open jobs at inside linebacker. Urlacher has never played in a 3-4 defense, but aging Lewis like Urlacher, his legs had lost much of their spring was just fine there the past few years. Again, Urlacher will have to understand it’s a buyer’s market when it comes to veteran players, but could he turn down a chance to join a perennial power fresh off a championship … and one that has holes to fill? Cincinnati Bengals: Not that they’ve been paying any outside free agents, but the Bengals have plenty of extra cap space to give Urlacher $3 or $4 million next year. And with linebacker Manny Lawson moving to the Buffalo Bills, Urlacher could claim the starting job in the middle with Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga (last season’s rather ineffective middle linebacker), flanking him.

Brian Urlacher moves into the TV business

Brian Urlacher

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 18 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher retires Star linebacker Brian Urlacher says he’s retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears. (May 22) Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports 8:17 p.m. EDT May 22, 2013 Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement Wednesday. (Photo: Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports) SHARE 416 CONNECT 36 TWEET 18 COMMENTEMAILMORE Brian Urlacher will not play for another team. The longtime Chicago Bears middle linebacker announced Wednesday morning he will retire. Urlacher’s contract with the Bears expired in March, and he and the team could not come to agreement on a new deal. “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance of passion that’ sup to my standards,” said in a statement posted to his Twitter account.

Mike Ditka tells Brian Urlacher to ‘move on,’ accept retirement

Former NFL offensive lineman Kyle Turley in "The United States of Football."

[UPDATE: The deal is done, according to a source, and Fox could announce Urlacher’s signing as early as tomorrow.] A source said Urlacher, an 8-time Pro Bowler, was heavily courted by the NFL Network, but choose Fox instead. Urlacher will be part of the Fox Football Daily on Fox Sports 1, joining Curt Menefee, Jay Glazer, Ronde Barber and others. The show will go head-to-head against ESPNs Sportscenter at 6 pm EST beginning August 19th. Urlachers agent at William Morris couldnt be reached for comment. A Fox Sports spokesman didnt return a text message seeking comment. [RELATED: FOX Sports 1 vs. ESPN: Spinning Events So They Feel Significant is a Massive Challenge ] Fox Sports 1 has made it clear: Jockularity is definitely going to be the new networks calling card. Here is a smattering of former athletes Fox Sports 1 has hired this summer: Andy Roddick, Gary Payton , Trevor Pryce , and Barber. Urlacher, a quick-witted ladies man who was always popular with the media, is the biggest of them all. Given Urlachers quasi-ugly departure from the Bears, itll be interesting to hear his comments on Chicago next season, especially if (when?) new coach Marc Trestman and the Bears struggle.

Image: Brian Urlacher (© Joe Howell/AP)

I’ve got one year. Do my year and be done. If they want to bring me back, they’ll bring me back. If not, go somewhere else. That is kind of the reality of it.” The scheme can make the difference. Tucker kept all the terminology the same, and the team continues to emphasize turnovers. “It’s the same philosophy,” Tillman said. “You just don’t want to use last year’s success, if that makes any sense.” Tillman meant the Tucker version of the cover-2 can’t simply count on being as productive as when they gave up 277 points, third best in the league last year, or came within one defensive score of tying the NFL single-season record of 10.

Bears’ defense, rock solid for years, heads into season without Lovie Smith and Brian Urlacher

http://t.co/jR04DrOEGo Brian Urlacher (@BUrlacher54) March 21, 2013 Last week on the Dave Damashek Football Program , Urlacher said that though he still remains friends with members of the team, they better not win the championship without me, cause then Ill be really pissed . The quote has received mixed reactions from Bears fans many of whom still believe Urlacher should be on the team but Bears legend Mike Ditka thinks its time for Urlacher to move on. Via the Chicago Sun-Times : My advice would be to put it behind you. Brian has been such a great player for the Bears and Brian Urlacher Womens Jersey an ambassador for the team. Not many guys get to play 13 years for the same team. Usually, when you change GMs and a new regime comes in, theyre going to make tough decisions. Mr. Emery decided that Brian wouldnt be part of the plan.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher retires

ET. The show launches on August 19. Its always interesting to see how recently retired players deal with their old teams once they move into broadcasting and Urlacher will be no exception. The decision to retire was made in large part because the Bears didnt want to pay Urlachers desired price and he said earlier this month that it would bother him if the Bears won the Super Bowl without him in the lineup , so theres at least a chance that hed have something entertaining/interesting/combustible to say on that front. britishteeth says: Jul 29, 2013 9:10 AM Did they bother to listen to him speak before hiring him? Amazing linebacker, horrible linguist. Should be another predictably awful Fox program.

Where should Brian Urlacher play next? Eight possibilities

All are athletic enough to run and play in pass coverage, while still holding up physically against the run. St. Louis first-round draft pick Alec Olgetree is perhaps the most intriguing inside linebacker talent entering the league this year, with almost freakish athletic gifts and the ability to chase down ballcarriers from sideline to sideline. “Keep in mind being younger at that position is at a premium now,” Carson said. “You have to have the speed and quickness to compete right now, even if you lack the experience and the other advantages that veterans have. It’s the recognition skills and the anticipation of what’s going to happen out there that helped a Ray Lewis or a Brian Urlacher play as long as they did. That comes with experience, and a lot of guys who play with the speed and quickness it takes to play that position today may never really last to the point of being able to get that experience, because by the time they lose a step, someone else is coming in and taking their job.” That’s yet another reason to appreciate the long and successful careers just concluded by Urlacher and Lewis.

Brian Urlacher Heads To Fox Sports 1

The two weren’t exactly rivals on the field, since they were both defenders and played in separate conferences. But they were compared to each other quite often. Now, we’ll have an opportunity to compare them in their post-NFL jobs as the two square off at rival networks. Lewis joined ESPN back in March, and now Urlacher has confirmed a TBL report that he’ll be entering the broadcasting game at the soon-to-be-launched Fox Sports 1. Urlacher will join Jay Glazer, Curt Menefee and others on Fox Football Daily, which is slated to debut on Aug. 19. It’s a pretty high-profile gig for a media newbie who wasn’t exactly known as the most engaging or media-friendly player, but as a potential Hall of Famer he brings some serious name recognition to FS1. And while Urlacher has been dry at times and doesn’t possess that Lewis bravado, he certainly hasn’t shied away from telling it like it is over the years.

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