Around 10 AM this morning, former Chicago Bears legend and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement on Twitter. Obviously, Twitter blew up shortly afterward. Urlacher was THE trending topic; not just for Chicago Bears, NFL and sports news, but news in general.
Urlacher will have his place on the Bears Mt. Rushmore of all time players. #54 will also go down as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. Given his storied career, it’s a shame that he went out the way he did. His final season will unfortunately be remembered for:
the Bears second half collapse which cost the team a playoff berth, Urlacher’s rant against the fans, media, Lovie Smith detractors, and the insult of a contract that the Bears offered him.
It doesn’t do justice to all that he accomplished. He accomplished a bit off the field too: Paris Hilton, Jenny McCarthy etc.
Congratulations to Brian Urlacher on a Hall of Fame career. He is one of the greatest players is Bears history. We were lucky he was ours!!
— Tom Waddle (@TWaddle87) May 22, 2013
Remember the Chicago Cardinals? Me neither, that was way before my time. They’re in Arizona now:
Brian Urlacher's best game is without argument. #Bears win in Arizona in 2006: 25 tackles, 2 QB hurries, 2 pass breakups, forced fumble.
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) May 22, 2013
Let’s take a break, to behold the “awesomesauce” that is this Urlacher picture published a few years ago:
Comedian Denis Leary:
Brian Urlacher was so tough his middle name should have been Ditka. — Denis Leary (@denisleary) May 22, 2013
There are certain positions on certain teams that are iconic: Middle linebacker for the Bears is one of em, and Urlacher added to the legacy
— trey wingo (@wingoz) May 22, 2013
Comedian and Chicago Now staple Patrick O'Hara chimed in a smart-alec remark on Facebook: "Is it retiring if you can't get hired? In that case I retired in between jobs."
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