Urlacher’s season (and career in Chicago) may be coming to an end

He’s the latest in the long tradition of Chicago Bears middle linebackers.


It started with Dick Butkus in the 60’s and 70’s. Mike Singletary continued it in the 80’s and early 90’s. And since the beginning of the new milennium, it’s been Brian Urlacher.


But with an injury to his hamstring, he could miss the remainder of the season. After the season ends, he’s a free agent. And for a guy that will turn 35 this offseason, it seems unrealistic that the man who has led the Monsters of the Midway over the past decade will be back.


“I do not think that’s going to happen,” Urlacher said. “But, if it does, I have had a really good and long career so I would be sad, but I would not be crushed.”


That sounds like a guy who knows that the end is near. He was dominant for the Bears, being named Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and leading the Bears to Super Bowl XLI following the 2006 season with Rex Grossman as quarterback. And even though he had numerous injuries throughout the past few years, he has still made plays. Heck, this season he had a 46 yard interception for a touchdown against the Titans in a 51-20 rout, showing he has some juice left.


But we all know what happens when a guy wants to hang on. The team starts looking towards the future, while the player keeps saying he’s got something left. The two part ways, and the player lands with another team for a forgettable year or two, and then quietly retires.


Is this the end of Urlacher’s career? Only he can decide that. But I do think we’ve seen the last of him in a Chicago uniform. He brought an old-school mentality to our new era of football, and it goes without saying he’ll be in Canton, Ohio, after he hangs it up for good.

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