Brian Urlacher has retired after 13 stellar NFL seasons.
"After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire," the former Chicago Bears star linebacker posted Wednesday on Whosay.com.
The Bears opted not to re-sign Urlacher, and he found the free-agent market dry. Rumors connected him to the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings, but both teams denied interest.
A four-time All-Pro and the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Urlacher saw his effectiveness limited by injuries in recent years. He missed four games in 2012 and made 68 tackles in the 12 games he did play.
Urlacher, 34, played his entire career with the Bears after they made him a first-round pick in 2000 out of New Mexico.
"Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards," he said in the statement. "When considering this, along with the fact that I could re...