Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 5/22/13
Shortly after 10 AM this morning, former Chicago Bears legend and middle linebacker announced his retirement on his Twitter account. The Tweet read simply: “It was an honor to play my entire career for the @ChicagoBears” and included a link to a picture of a longer written announcement that you can see below.   This announcement may shed some light on why Lance Briggs sidestepped an Urlacher-related question at OTAs yesterday. Recent speculation had the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers as front runners to sign him. But the Ravens have brought in multiple linebackers including Elvis Dumervil to fill the gap left by Ray Lewis’s retirement. The Chargers were seriously considering bringing Urlacher in up until the NFL Draft, where they took Manti Te’o in the second round. They’ve also recently signed outside linebacker/defensive end Dwight Freeney, leaving little room in the linebacker rotation. A one-sentence Tweet provides a relatively unceremonious end to an illustrious career for a sure-fire Hall of Famer… for now. He hasn’t officially filed his retirement papers with the league office yet, and there’s always the chance he can take the Brett Favre route and un-retire in the near future if a team finds a need for a linebacker in training camp. As the announcement stated, Urlacher’s heart just wasn’t in it anymore. Regardless, he’ll go down as one of the greatest middle linebackers of his era, and deserves his face etched into the Mount Rushmore of Bears Linebackers alongside Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary. The Bears couldn’t send him off on top with a Super Bowl victory in his final year a la Jerome Bettis or Ray Lewis, but he can now claim the rare accomplishment of playing his entire career in one uniform. Brian Urlacher’s Career Stats - 13 seasons - 1052 Tackles - 41.5 Sacks - 22 Interceptions - 2000 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year - 2005 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year - 8x Pro-Bowler - 4x All-Pro The post Former Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher Announces Retirement appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Video seems to show Teddy Bridgewater dropping back, passing

Cavallari shares photo of Cutler in birthday suit on Instagram

Lionel Messi’s suspension puts Argentina in danger of missing World Cup

Report: Chris Long signs one-year deal with Eagles

Witten signs four-year extension with Cowboys

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Stan Van Gundy: Georgetown should go all-out to hire Ewing

Hue Jackson: Browns are not interested in Colin Kaepernick

Report: 'Strong belief' Jay Cutler won't play in 2017

Falcons GM wants to change OT rules after SB loss to Patriots

LaVar Ball reportedly shopping reality TV projects

Report: Cowboys likely to release Romo before OTAs

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Box Score 3/28: Wilt's last game

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker