Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday after spending 13 seasons as one of the most feared defenders in the league.
Urlacher broke the news on his official twitter account, bringing a historic hall of fame career to a close.
“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher said in a statement he posted on Twitter. “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 I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.”
Urlacher and the Bears chose to go their seperate ways last year after the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on a new contract. He briefly tested the market as a free agent but quickly decided to retire and go out at the top instead.
“I want to thank all of the people in my life that have helped me along the way,” Urlacher said. “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 this great game, but I leave it with no regret.”
Urlacher was the NFL defensive player of the year in 2005 and an eight-time Pro-Bowler.