Editor’s note: Re-posting this article on hearing that Brian Urlacher has retired from football.
Let’s spend some time reminiscing about Brian Urlacher’s time with the Bears. Here’s a general highlight reel of #54 in action (click refresh on your browser if you don’t see the video boxes below):
It wasn’t all highs; there were some low moments too.
Here’s Tom Brady juking Urlacher:
Here, Urlacher and Briggs get pantsed by Aaron Rodgers:
That wasn’t the only time Urlacher looked bad at the hands of A-Rod. Here, after he picked off Rodgers, the Packers QB chased #54 down to make the tackle.
Here, New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs absolutely trucks Urlacher:
This play was the beginning of the end, when he hurt his knee in the 2011 season finale in Minnesota.
Here’s Reggie Bush taunting Urlacher en route to a touchdown in the NFC Championship.
Guess Urlacher and the Bears got the last laugh on that one, as the Bears advanced to the Super Bowl.
I couldn’t find one of my favorite Urlacher plays, which is his first career touchdown. It happened in 2001 in Atlanta just weeks after 9/11. Michael Vick was the hotshot rookie, coming on in relief of Chris Chandler. Urlacher scooped up a Vick fumble and brought it 90 yards to the house. For all of Urlacher’s stats, check out Pro-Football Reference’s page on the Hall of Famer.
His signature game was the Monday Night Miracle in the desert in the 2006 season. He willed the team to win and almost single handedly took over that game.
Of course, here is the last pick-6 against the Titans. Happy to say I was there.
What is your favorite Brian Urlacher moment? What will you remember most about him? Let’s fill up the Comments!!!