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(ESPN)   Brian Urlacher to retire after he is no longer the Bear he used to be   ( espn.go.com) divider line
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2013-05-22 12:15:25 PM  
He still has that gig hocking cable TV packages right?
 
2013-05-22 12:18:26 PM  

karmaceutical: He still has that gig hocking cable TV packages right?


He probably let that one run right by him.
 
2013-05-22 12:21:29 PM  
With the Chargers drafting Teo and getting Freeney, would have been nice to add Urlacher to mentor while also adding some good veteran presence in the middle to allow Freeney to do his pash rush business.
 
2013-05-22 12:22:32 PM  

fatalvenom: karmaceutical: He still has that gig hocking cable TV packages right?

He probably let that one run right by him.


You're on your A game today mate.
 
2013-05-22 12:25:33 PM  
Guy is worth $15 million.. As long as he's not a dumbass about it and lives off the interest while dumping a few points back into the principle to match inflation he'll be living a damn good life. Or he'll follow just about every other NFL player and be bankrupt in 2 years.
 
2013-05-22 12:29:10 PM  
Great player for 12 years, a shadow of himself last season. Colossal asshole the whole way to fans and the media, but he stuck by his teammates and coaches no matter what.

It was time to hang it up, though. He'll go down as one of the great Bears of all time. His second half of the "They are who we thought they were!" game was the stuff of legend.
 
2013-05-22 12:30:04 PM  
Now he has time to go kick Bas Rutten's ass.
 
2013-05-22 12:30:24 PM  

bhcompy: With the Chargers drafting Teo


bhcompy: would have been nice to add Urlacher to mentor while also adding some good veteran presence


They told Teo that he was joining the team. Teo even said he'd been talking with Brian on the phone for months.
 
2013-05-22 12:34:07 PM  

www.sportshair.com
RIP Brian Urlacher

 
2013-05-22 12:36:37 PM  

bulldg4life: bhcompy: With the Chargers drafting Teo

bhcompy: would have been nice to add Urlacher to mentor while also adding some good veteran presence

They told Teo that he was joining the team. Teo even said he'd been talking with Brian on the phone for months.


Interesting, didn't know that.  Makes total sense to do it
 
2013-05-22 12:37:38 PM  
The Mike Allstot of linebackers.
 
2013-05-22 12:46:38 PM  
See ya later Earlicker.
 
2013-05-22 12:54:57 PM  
www.pauleide.com

my favorite memory of him

/I kidd!!  I kidd!!!

//the league needed more players like him, 100% class
 
2013-05-22 12:57:17 PM  
Seems like a good guy, so I hope he can stand upright and still remember his name in about five years.
 
2013-05-22 01:00:08 PM  
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DO NOT WANT!
 
2013-05-22 01:03:36 PM  
Love the AZ Cardinals tweet about it

"You were who we thought you were.Congrats."
 
2013-05-22 01:06:49 PM  
How is this sad?  He's had a long and distinguished career that saw him outlast probably 95 to 99 percent of his draft class, he made a lot of money and he's going to wind up in Canton.  Careers end.  What would be sad is seeing him catch on with some shiatty team based on reputation and have a season making air tackles against guys ten years younger than him.
 
2013-05-22 01:08:41 PM  

Super Chronic: How is this sad?


It's rather unusual for Chicago sports fans to receive good news about their teams.
 
2013-05-22 01:12:28 PM  
He'll be on The Wizards within two years.
 
2013-05-22 01:14:12 PM  
Sorry to see him go, but I'd rather see him leave with some semblance of his reputation intact instead of having him linger a few years too long and pull a MJ-on-the-Wizards act. Best Bears LB of my lifetime - and that includes Singletary, who was playing behind a beast-mode D-Line.
 
2013-05-22 01:17:26 PM  
He was so overrated.
 
2013-05-22 01:23:38 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: He'll be on The Wizards within two years.


Oddly enough, he'd probably be an upgrade relative to half of their roster.
 
2013-05-22 01:25:57 PM  

germ78: Sorry to see him go, but I'd rather see him leave with some semblance of his reputation intact instead of having him linger a few years too long and pull a MJ-on-the-Wizards act. Best Bears LB of my lifetime - and that includes Singletary, who was playing behind a beast-mode D-Line.


MJ on the Wizards did absolutely nothing to tarnish his reputation as the best player ever.  Not one relevant person has questioned anything about Jordan's legacy because of his Wizards stint.  Hell, even his awful frontoffice work hasn't tarnished that legacy.
 
2013-05-22 01:26:23 PM  
"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.

Through the BSPN translator:

"Nobody else offered me what I thought I was still worth to keep playing, so, see ya!"

But, on the positive side, there are plenty of players who are greedy enough to keep playing anyway, even at a reduced rate, because they just feel they still need to, or because they were lousy with money management, and actually blew most of what they'd already earned.   Kudos to Brian for obviously being in very good financial shape from his career that he could retire when the league basically "said" he should.
 
2013-05-22 01:27:06 PM  
This lifelong Cheesehead will stand, salute him, and raise a glass in his honor. He was a worthy adversary, and I'm not really sad to him go, cause got-DAMN am I tired of seeing him in my backfield.

*Seriously though, good for him. Class act, always played hard. Its rare one plays that long for one team any more, and even rarer still to be such a proper carrier of a positional legacy like a Bears Middle Linebacker.

/salute
//bottoms up
 
2013-05-22 01:30:13 PM  

bhcompy: bulldg4life: bhcompy: With the Chargers drafting Teo

bhcompy: would have been nice to add Urlacher to mentor while also adding some good veteran presence

They told Teo that he was joining the team. Teo even said he'd been talking with Brian on the phone for months.

Interesting, didn't know that.  Makes total sense to do it


Catfish'd!!!
 
2013-05-22 01:50:25 PM  

Super Chronic: How is this sad?


We're sad to see him go.
 
2013-05-22 02:00:46 PM  

bhcompy: bulldg4life: bhcompy: With the Chargers drafting Teo

bhcompy: would have been nice to add Urlacher to mentor while also adding some good veteran presence

They told Teo that he was joining the team. Teo even said he'd been talking with Brian on the phone for months.

Interesting, didn't know that.  Makes total sense to do it


WHOOSH!
 
2013-05-22 02:09:43 PM  
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2013-05-22 02:19:54 PM  

bhcompy: MJ on the Wizards did absolutely nothing to tarnish his reputation as the best player ever. Not one relevant person has questioned anything about Jordan's legacy because of his Wizards stint. Hell, even his awful frontoffice work hasn't tarnished that legacy.


Correct.  Does anyone think less of Willie Mays because of his sad stint with the Mets?
 
2013-05-22 02:22:19 PM  

downstairs: bhcompy: MJ on the Wizards did absolutely nothing to tarnish his reputation as the best player ever. Not one relevant person has questioned anything about Jordan's legacy because of his Wizards stint. Hell, even his awful frontoffice work hasn't tarnished that legacy.

Correct.  Does anyone think less of Willie Mays because of his sad stint with the Mets?


Yeah, does anyone think less of Brent Favre because of his sad stint with the Vikings/Jets?

d1lhh6ad732yfg.cloudfront.net

Oh right.

/i keed i keed, I still love you Brent
 
2013-05-22 02:23:45 PM  

downstairs: bhcompy: MJ on the Wizards did absolutely nothing to tarnish his reputation as the best player ever. Not one relevant person has questioned anything about Jordan's legacy because of his Wizards stint. Hell, even his awful frontoffice work hasn't tarnished that legacy.

Correct.  Does anyone think less of Willie Mays because of his sad stint with the Mets?


I'm just old enough to be young when Willie retired. He is my favorite baseball player of all-time, and I think he is the GREATEST baseball player of all-time.

I do, however, still have the image of him underhanding a ball from the outfield. I wish I didn't have that in my head...
 
2013-05-22 02:25:26 PM  
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2013-05-22 02:26:15 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Now he has time to go kick Bas Rutten's ass.


Haha I was going to post that. Had the bouncer not stopped Urlacher, he would have had to retire that night. Rutten would've absolutely mauled him.
 
2013-05-22 02:31:09 PM  

xaks: This lifelong Cheesehead will stand, salute him, and raise a glass in his honor. He was a worthy adversary, and I'm not really sad to him go, cause got-DAMN am I tired of seeing him in my backfield.


I "hate respect" Urlacher.  I hate him because he stood for everything Bears, which is worthy of hate.  But damn if he didn't play the game the way it was supposed to be played, from the effort to the loyalty to how much he hated the Packers.  I want Bears players to hate the Packers and vice versa.  I respect that he hated us as I hate him right back.

So yeah.  Damn fine player.  Now go rot in hell, or just let whatever you caught from that stint dating Paris Hilton gradually rot you from your manly parts inward.
 
2013-05-22 02:32:08 PM  
Well, he'll still have the memory of banging every chick who worked at the Hooters adjacent from the University of Illinois campus when the Bears were playing down in Champaign during Soldier Field renovations.

Allegedly.
 
2013-05-22 02:45:12 PM  

NittLion78: Well, he'll still have the memory of banging every chick who worked at the Hooters adjacent from the University of Illinois campus when the Bears were playing down in Champaign during Soldier Field renovations.

Allegedly.


Are Hooters waitresses in Illinois as ugly as the ones in Wisconsin?
 
2013-05-22 02:50:34 PM  

machoprogrammer: NittLion78: Well, he'll still have the memory of banging every chick who worked at the Hooters adjacent from the University of Illinois campus when the Bears were playing down in Champaign during Soldier Field renovations.

Allegedly.

Are Hooters waitresses in Illinois as ugly as the ones in Wisconsin?


Short answer, yes. Long answer, yesssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

Urlacher's the only jersey I've ever bought.  Glad I chose well.
 
2013-05-22 03:25:33 PM  

machoprogrammer: NittLion78: Well, he'll still have the memory of banging every chick who worked at the Hooters adjacent from the University of Illinois campus when the Bears were playing down in Champaign during Soldier Field renovations.

Allegedly.

Are Hooters waitresses in Illinois as ugly as the ones in Wisconsin?


any Hooters that close to a campus has to be ok.  I went to it once and the waitresses were the type of girls you would see at the bars later that night.

Though I had never heard that rumor, even though I went to U of I at the time.
 
2013-05-22 03:30:41 PM  

Pfighting Polish: xaks: This lifelong Cheesehead will stand, salute him, and raise a glass in his honor. He was a worthy adversary, and I'm not really sad to him go, cause got-DAMN am I tired of seeing him in my backfield.

I "hate respect" Urlacher.  I hate him because he stood for everything Bears, which is worthy of hate.  But damn if he didn't play the game the way it was supposed to be played, from the effort to the loyalty to how much he hated the Packers.  I want Bears players to hate the Packers and vice versa.  I respect that he hated us as I hate him right back.

So yeah.  Damn fine player.  Now go rot in hell, or just let whatever you caught from that stint dating Paris Hilton gradually rot you from your manly parts inward.


He'll never be half the douchebag that Clay Matthews is, so you got that going for you.
 
2013-05-22 03:36:14 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Pfighting Polish: xaks: This lifelong Cheesehead will stand, salute him, and raise a glass in his honor. He was a worthy adversary, and I'm not really sad to him go, cause got-DAMN am I tired of seeing him in my backfield.

I "hate respect" Urlacher.  I hate him because he stood for everything Bears, which is worthy of hate.  But damn if he didn't play the game the way it was supposed to be played, from the effort to the loyalty to how much he hated the Packers.  I want Bears players to hate the Packers and vice versa.  I respect that he hated us as I hate him right back.

So yeah.  Damn fine player.  Now go rot in hell, or just let whatever you caught from that stint dating Paris Hilton gradually rot you from your manly parts inward.

He'll never be half the douchebag that Clay Matthews is, so you got that going for you.


*sniff*

I smell a fa....NFC north perennial loser fan!
 
2013-05-22 04:20:24 PM  
Please tell me no one is falling for yet another romo troll thread on this damn tab. Come the fark on mods.
 
2013-05-22 05:01:38 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Pfighting Polish: xaks: This lifelong Cheesehead will stand, salute him, and raise a glass in his honor. He was a worthy adversary, and I'm not really sad to him go, cause got-DAMN am I tired of seeing him in my backfield.

I "hate respect" Urlacher.  I hate him because he stood for everything Bears, which is worthy of hate.  But damn if he didn't play the game the way it was supposed to be played, from the effort to the loyalty to how much he hated the Packers.  I want Bears players to hate the Packers and vice versa.  I respect that he hated us as I hate him right back.

So yeah.  Damn fine player.  Now go rot in hell, or just let whatever you caught from that stint dating Paris Hilton gradually rot you from your manly parts inward.

He'll never be half the douchebag that Clay Matthews is, so you got that going for you.


I dunno, in the Bas Rutten story, Urlacher comes off as a huge douche until the bouncers tell him he is about to pick a fight with a guy who would fark him up bad, then Urlacher comes up and kisses up to him.
 
2013-05-22 05:08:45 PM  
If the Bears had coughed up a little more money, I'm sure Brian would have found enough passion to play another season. As it is, arguably two of the top 5 greatest linebackers in history retired in the same year.
 
2013-05-22 05:53:20 PM  

xaks: Lando Lincoln: Pfighting Polish: xaks: This lifelong Cheesehead will stand, salute him, and raise a glass in his honor. He was a worthy adversary, and I'm not really sad to him go, cause got-DAMN am I tired of seeing him in my backfield.

I "hate respect" Urlacher.  I hate him because he stood for everything Bears, which is worthy of hate.  But damn if he didn't play the game the way it was supposed to be played, from the effort to the loyalty to how much he hated the Packers.  I want Bears players to hate the Packers and vice versa.  I respect that he hated us as I hate him right back.

So yeah.  Damn fine player.  Now go rot in hell, or just let whatever you caught from that stint dating Paris Hilton gradually rot you from your manly parts inward.

He'll never be half the douchebag that Clay Matthews is, so you got that going for you.

*sniff*

I smell a fa....NFC north perennial loser fan!


I've never even been to Detroit.
 
2013-05-22 06:16:52 PM  

hulk hogan meat shoes: He was so overrated.


In the second half of his career, probably yeah. In the first half, uh, no.
 
2013-05-22 06:22:45 PM  

VvonderJesus: If the Bears had coughed up a little more money, I'm sure Brian would have found enough passion to play another season. As it is, arguably two of the top 5 greatest linebackers in history retired in the same year.


The Bears offered him a fair deal (2M, 1 YR, I believe).

I'm sad about this, but also am glad that 1. the team didn't offer more money and 2. that Brian will retire a Bear.

He obviously didn't think what the team offered was fair, but it was a smart move by the team and unbiased by nostalgia or non performance related stuff.  He's not the same player he was a couple years ago, without a doubt.  Still good, and worth the money they offered to him.
 
2013-05-22 06:31:50 PM  
 
2013-05-22 08:41:18 PM  

lennavan: Yeah, does anyone think less of Brent Favre because of his sad stint with the Vikings/Jets?


Brent's first year with the Vikings was one of the best of his career. Then with one minute remaining in the NFC championship game (best 59 minutes of football I ever watched) he remembered who he was and who he was playing for. Oh, well, he wouldn't have been able to play in the Superbowl after the beating that he took. I did enjoy watching the Saints dismantle the Colts.
 
2013-05-22 09:16:58 PM  
Thank you Brian,

from a lifelong Bears' fan, circa 1962.
 
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