Brian Urlacher is an eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker but on Wednesday he announced that his NFL career was over.
Urlacher spent his entire NFL career with the Chicago Bears but in March the two sides parted ways. Two months later the 13-year veteran has decided to call it a career.
“After spending a lot time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made the decision to retire,” Urlacher wrote Wednesday. “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that’s up to my standards. When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.
“I want to thank all the people in my life that have help me along the way,” Urlacher continued. “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 the great game, but I leave with no regrets.”
And of course the best tweet of the day went to the Arizona Cardinals for this beauty.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) May 22, 2013
Urlacher was disappointed by the Bears offer and had hoped to sign with another team. There had been scant interest in the linebacker with Minnesota reportedly having interest.