Brian Urlacher was a Packer killer for 13 seasons. We're happy he had such a great career and yes, we will miss him - especially all those wins the Packers had over him and his Chicago Bears teams. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Brian Urlacher retires from the NFL

After 13 seasons of manning the middle of the field and blowing up backfields across the National Football League, Chicago Bears linebacker extraordinaire Brian Urlacher has called it quits.

Like longtime Green Bay Packer Charles Woodson, Urlacher has been waiting for a team to call for his services this offseason. Woodson signed with the Oakland Raiders yesterday, but after his prolonged wait, Urlacher decided today it was time.

Here’s the statement Urlacher released this morning:

“After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made the decision to retire. 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.

“I want to thank all the people in my life that have help me along the way,” Urlacher continued. “I will miss my teammates, 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 the great game, but I leave with no regrets.”

So, as Packers fans, we here at congratulate Urlacher on an incredible career and oddly enough, we will miss him. For every single of those 13 years, Urlacher has been a Packer killer. Some of the biggest plays in his career have come against the Bears’ arch-rival Green Bay.

In addition to the interception Urlacher returned a bazillion yards against Brett Favre in 2007, there are two other plays that stand out … the first was on Sept. 17, 2004, when he stripped Ahman Green in the backfield on the 3-yard line and then leveled Brett Favre with a block that led to a touchdown return by Mike Browns; the second was when he intercepted Aaron Rodgers at the goal line in the 2010 NFC Championship Game that he returned to midfield before being tripped up by Rodger in a touchdown-saving and possibly game-saving tackle.

Yes, we will miss Urlacher, but wish him the best in the years to come. He was a great competitor and represented Chicago well.

Here’s Urlacher’s interception of Aaron Rodgers … just for old-time’s sake:

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