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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Bears Brian Urlacher’s Legacy

When the Baltimore Ravens won the Superbowl the clich├ęd quote, “Defense Wins Championships,” ran through my mind. Ray Lewis and his tenacious defense proved that even in a league dominated by high-powered offenses, the defense should never be ignored. In fact, it may be essential to winning a championship. However, to call Super Bowl 47 a defensive standoff would be wrong. With 65 points scored between the two teams this game was the definition of a “shootout.” So, what does that say about today’s game as a whole? Offense dominates.

Today, Brian Urlacher announced his retirement from the NFL after an illustrious thirteen-year career. A surefire first ballot hall of famer, his accomplishments speak for themselves. Selected by the Bears with the 9th pick in the 2000 NFL draft, Urlacher quickly asserted himself as one of the most feared defenders in the NFL; a title he held throughout his career. However, more important than his on the field play was the meaning he left throughout the NFL. Urlacher taught us all a lesson, about loyalty. He was the face of the Bear’s franchise from day one. In a league dominated by players like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers, Urlacher made sure that defense was not just a thing of the past. Throughout his career with the Bears, they suffered through offensive turmoil. It wasn’t until 2009 that the Bears had a quarterback worthy of mention. Yet this never derailed the franchise largely due to one person, Brian Urlacher. He was the anchor of a team, which contrary to the majority of the NFL, was built on defense.

Although I was mildly surprised by the decision to part ways with Urlacher at the beginning of the 2013 off-season, Urlacher took it in stride. Today he said, as true professionals only can, "I decided I didn't want to play for anybody else.”

Urlacher’s retirement, coupled with the retirement of Ray Lewis following the Super Bowl, means the last of defensive players as the face of their respective franchise. It seems as if the new era of football has been ushered in; in it’s entirety.


1 comment:

  1. I do agree Brian was at no point the fault of the bears going down hill and losing their image I believe. Such a great player for some weird reason I saw this coming due to the death of his mother and just flat out getting older.