Dec. 18, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) takes the field before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. The Seahawks defeat the Bears 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Bear Dawn: Brian Urlacher Retirement Edition

Congratulations to Brian Urlacher on his retirement.  The interwebs were abuzz since just after 10AM on Wednesday morning with news that the Chicago Bears legend announcing his retirement with this simple tweet



So naturally we have TONS of links to some fantastic stuff. 

Plenty of folks had a take on Brian Urlacher’s departure.  Let’s start with the Chicago Tribune.

Dan Pompei calls it a fitting end to Urlacher’s career.

Mike Mulligan called him a throwback talent and a prototype for a new age.

David Haugh says no athlete since Michael Jordan symbolized Chicago more than Urlacher.

Even the usually negative Steve Rosenbloom had nice things to say about #54.

The Trib also had a nice photo gallery of Urlacher through the years.

Over at the Sun Times, Rick Telender points out how Urlacher carried on the proud tradition of Bears middle linebackers.

Rick Morrissey is happy Urlacher gets to retire as a Bear.

Mark Potash ranks Urlacher behind Dick Butkus in the pantheon of Bears linebackers.

But this wasn’t just a Chicago story.  There was plenty of national reaction too.

Adam Rank thinks Urlacher would make a great a professional wrestler.’s Chris Wesseling thinks Urlacher was a victim of the Bears’ QB drought.

Over at CBS Sports, Mike Freeman calls Urlacher one of the last of the great MLB headbangers.

Even The Onion couldn’t resist taking a shot at Urlacher’s retirement.

Most importantly, head over to, which has turned into a wall-to-wall tribute to the legendary middle linebacker.

To cap it off, my favorite of all the tweets to Brian Urlacher.  This one from the Arizona Cardinals, with a nod to Denny Green:


Thanks for the memories, #54!

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