NFL: Brian Urlacher retires following 13-season career with the Chicago Bears
Last Updated: 22/05/13 4:53pm
Brian Urlacher: Has decided to retire after leaving Chicago Bears
Former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher has announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons in the league.
The 34-year-old, who spent his whole professional career Bears after being drafted by them in 2000, was a stalwart of the Chicago defence and has been tipped to enter the Hall of Fame.
He became a free agent at the end of last season after being unable to agree a new contract and has now decided to call time on his career.
"After spending a lot of 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 is up to my standards."
"Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that is up to my standards.
"When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire with a 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 helped me along the way. I will miss my team-mates, 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 regrets."
Urlacher was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times.