35-year old inside linebacker Brian Urlacher has decided to retire from the NFL. He said he lost his passion for the game and his knee wouldn’t allow him to be the player he once was. That being said, he was kind of forced out of Chicago. The signed D.J. Williams to replace him for 2013 and they also drafted ILB Jon Bostic in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Urlacher played in 12 games for the Bears last year and he had 68 tackles, 8 tackles for a loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception (he returned it 46 yards for a TD) and he had 7 passes defensed. Urlacher played in 182 games in his 13 years with the Bears and he had 1,353 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 90 tackles for a loss, 12 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 22 interceptions (2 returned for TDs) and 91 passes defensed. It is sad to see Urlacher’s NFL career this way, but it would have been very odd seeing him play for someone else in 2013.
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