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Thank you, Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher will forever go down as a Bear and only a Bear after announcing his retirement today.

After announcing his retirement today, linebacker Brian Urlacher will forever go down as a Bear — and only a Bear.

When news broke this morning that linebacker Brian Urlacher was officially retiring after 13 years in the NFL, just one phrase came to mind.

Thank you, Brian Urlacher.

Thank you for continuing the storied tradition of outstanding middle linebackers in Chicago. Thank you providing the Chicago Bears with 13 years of incredible play and top-notch leadership. Thank you for putting up with all the terrible offenses in Chicago and still managing to keep the team competitive. Thank you for helping restore a moribund franchise to respectability.

Seeing Urlacher in a Vikings uniform would have been just as wrong as when Brett Favre wore one.

Seeing Urlacher in a Vikings uniform would have been just as wrong as when Brett Favre wore one.

And last — but certainly not least — thank you for knowing when it was time to walk away. The writing was on the wall already last year, when you struggled through the season after admitting your knee would never be the same. That story continued this offseason, when the Bears announced you would not return.

Bears fans’ worst fears jumped to the forefront when rumors swirled you might sign with the rival Minnesota Vikings, but that died down after they denied being interested. When the Vikings, famous for taking the washed-up leftovers of the rest of the NFC North, said no, it was obviously time to hang them up. But we all know that many players often ignore the signs with delusions of grandeur and wallow in misery at the tail end of their careers.

Bears fans like myself are immensely relieved today that we get to claim you as only our own. You played your entire career for one franchise — no small feat in today’s NFL. As a result, Chicago fans will put you alongside Ditka, Butkus, Payton, and Halas as greats that belong to them and them only. We don’t have to erase the memory of you limping around as a shadow of yourself in a strange uniform, like Bulls fans with Jordan, Packers fans with Favre, San Francisco fans with Montana, and so many others.

Brian Urlacher will be the most-loved Bear since Walter Payton (pictured).

Brian Urlacher will be remembered as the most-loved Bear since running back Walter Payton.

I am particularly grateful to not have to go through a Favre-like scenario, where some Green Bay fans are still angry at him years after he retired. Things seemed like they might be headed that way when you had some angry comments on your way out of town, but you softened your stance considerably just a few days later.

Right now it may seem like a bitter pill for you to swallow, but in time you will surely come to realize that this is for the best. You have the privilege few players ever enjoy: to go out (mostly) at the top of your game, having lead an elite defense for the franchise you defined one last time. Surely that’s better than toiling away for a bad team in a strange city for the last couple years!

So once again I say thank you, Brian Urlacher. Thank you for everything.

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natesweet
natesweet moderator

Is this page being jerky for anyone else?


Dr. Reginald
Dr. Reginald moderator

I was "Brees' Bounties" last year. 

Think I'll go with "Vitt's Vicodin" this year.

bp.
bp.

[BP's Niece]

"Grades are in. Yes, I passed all my classes with a C, but I passed them all!"---How does one tell their family member that taking on debt loads to go to school and get a liberal arts degree is a horrible idea if you are getting C's?  Don't want to discourage her, but fuck.

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

So when do we start up the fantasy league?

I can't wait to name my team "Collusion & Integrity"

niemerg1
niemerg1

so bob, how's your day been so far? ive laid off 10 people so far. you?

JVince 11
JVince 11

Rudolph ranked 108 

Bennett ranked 126

Pettigrew 148

Finley 149


Damn...



TheBaskett
TheBaskett

Crabtree is done for the season.. Nice.. i bet someone will draft him in our FF league.. Hilariouis.. Moss?

TheBaskett
TheBaskett

So i pretty much called it that Geno smith would sign Jay Z as his agent.. Wish i could have bet some money on it, cause i would have went all in

JVince 11
JVince 11

Chicago has 7 in the top 200 including their defense

Detroit has 5 in the top 200

Green Bay has 7

Minnesota has 5 (only team with a K/P listed)

JVince 11
JVince 11

Cobb at 26

Nelson at 42

Jones at 61

Lacey at 82

Franklin at 109

Finley at 149

natesweet
natesweet moderator

I Fucking Love Science just informed me that Pluto has not made a full trip around the sun since it was discovered by man and will not until March 2178.

Mods Suck
Mods Suck

I looked into it more deeply and I found that apparently what happened is that @Preparation_A  was laid off five years ago and no one ever told him about it; but through some kind of glitch in the payroll department, he still gets a paycheck.

adambballn
adambballn

Steven Jackson is WAAAAAAAYYYYYYY overrated.

BearsSaveLives
BearsSaveLives moderator

I may be scooped, but Delmas and LeShoure are not fully participating in OTAs?

JVince 11
JVince 11

 Packers:

Bulaga - 6'5 315 lbs

Sitton - 6'3 318 lbs

EDS - 6'2 308 l bs

Lang - 6'4 318 lbs

Newhouse - 6'4 319/Sherrod - 6'6 321 lbs/Barclay - 6'4 305 lbs


Bears:

Bushrod - 6'5 315 lbs

Long - 6'6 311 lbs

Garza - 6'2 310 lbs

Carimi - 6'7 316 lbs

Webb - 6'7 333 lbs

Lions:

Reiff - 6'6 313 lbs

Warford - 6'3 333 lbs

Raiola - 6'1 295 lbs

Sims - 6'3 312 lbs

Fox - 6'7 303 lbs/Hilliard - 6'6 300 lbs

Vikings:

Kahlil - 6'7 295 lbs

Olsen - 6'5 312 lbs (starter?)

Sullivan - 6'4 301 lbs

Baca - 6'3 302 lbs (starter?)

Loadholt - 6'8 343 lbs

*Baca, Olsen, and Bond are the only Guards on their roster.  

bp.
bp.

Hey Prep, how much would you expect to pay for shitty seats to the Cinci-GB affair?

natesweet
natesweet moderator

I just had the most bomb breakfast sandwich on house made english muffin. It must have weighed a pound and a half. So much bacon. THere were also some braised collards on it which was surprisingly good.

LKP
LKP

LeShoure and Devin Taylor out for OTAs today. Shaun Hill in a walking boot and Delmas still in Miami rehabbbing. Slay and Broyles still out as expected with the knee injuries.

Burleson, Bentley and Greenwood are healthy.

Now post your I don't cares below.

JVince 11
JVince 11

http://imgur.com/XnMNZuO

What hte fuck is Newhouse doing in this picture... unless he has a backside scoop block to set up a cut back lane by the RB... he is just fucking this up.. you see that the back side G and C are "ripping" through the DT to the back side backer.. the front side guard and tackle have isolation blocks while there must be a fullback leading up the whole to take the strong side backer.... or maybe this is a zone read... and the cut back behind Newhouse is the designed hole..

natesweet
natesweet moderator

We had temps in the 80's a week ago. Today they are in the 40's with fat freezing rain. Just lovely.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Bears only made the playoffs 4 times in Urlacher's 13 years in Chicago...9-18 vs GB..


I really thought they were better than that.

JVince 11
JVince 11

“It helps we’re both going through the same thing,” Bulaga said. “You’re flipping plays in your mind. You’re flipping footwork in your mind. Then you have to go execute it on the field. It’s good to have him next to me, because he’s very knowledgeable, he knows everything. Now, it’s just flipping and turning everything around.”


OMG... it is like having all new starters out there.. they have no idea what they are doing... they are all basically Kyle Long's out there.... what is GB ever going to do?  Right Woude?

bp.
bp.

Jvince: cutting and pasting the internet since before Al Gore invented it along with global warming and conceding presidential elections that you probably won except the prior installation of michelle bachmann stole florida from you and so now lots of references are made to the surpreme court and their non-decision decision.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Packers DE Jerel Worthy (torn ACL) is vowing to play "at some point" in 2013.

Worthy tore his left ACL in Week 17. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel gave him "long odds" of playing this season in a January article. The 2012 second-round pick notched 2.5 sacks in 443 snaps as a rookie. He'll almost certainly begin 2013 on the reserve/PUP list.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Packers CB Tramon Williams says his shoulder is "better."

"Trust me. It's better than last year. But last year I was good," Williams said Tuesday. "The structure was good. But when it comes to nerves, it's time. And there's nothing at all you can do about it. It's time. Time passes and it gets better, so I'm better." Williams made waves in a March radio interview when he said the shoulder was a hindrance in 2012, but he now claims he was talking about 2011. The Packers haven't guaranteed Williams a starting job for 2013. Casey Hayward and Sam Shields were both better last season.

JVince 11
JVince 11

Lions DB Bentley is recovering from shoulders surgeries in both shoulders.  He is considered to be the team's nickelback heading into camp but could be questionable to be ready for training camp.

JVince 11
JVince 11

The Bears have made little progress in long-term talks with franchise player DT Henry Melton.

Melton signed his $8.5 million franchise tender on March 12. The sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement. "We’re just kind of talking through some things," Melton said. "Everyone is getting set up and getting the drafted guys done. Hopefully we can sit down and get something done." The Bears locked up franchise player Matt Forte just before the deadline last year. Talks with Melton will likely go down to the wir

JVince 11
JVince 11

Giants FB Henry Hynoski was carted off the field with an undisclosed injury at OTAs on Wednesday.

The "Hynoceros" is one of the top fullbacks in the game, and the Giants are one of few teams that still feature a lead blocker for their running backs. OTAs are non-contact, and non-contact injuries are typically never good. The G-Men might need to take a gander at the free-agent crop.