Former New Mexico standout Brian Urlacher Retires from NFL
May 23, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico alum Brian Urlacher, the first Mountain West football Player of the Year in 1999, retired from the National Football League on Wednesday.
Urlacher, 34, spent his entire 13-year career with the Chicago Bears, during which time he established himself as one of the game's premier defensive players. After being the first Mountain West player ever taken in the NFL Draft, going ninth overall in the first round of the 2000 draft to the Bears, the middle linebacker was named the 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Urlacher also earned the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year honor, helped guide the Bears to an appearance in Super Bowl XLI and was an eight-time Pro Bowler.
In the inaugural season of the Mountain West, Urlacher, then a senior at New Mexico, led the Conference with 154 tackles from his safety position. In addition to his defensive responsibilities, Urlacher played wide receiver (he led the team with six touchdown receptions) and returned both punts and kickoffs for the Lobos. He was named the league's Player of the Year and was awarded All-America honors.
Here's a collection of articles and columns in response to Urlacher's retirement:
- No athlete since Jordan symbolized Chicago more than Urlacher
- Urlacher could do it all, and then some
- Urlacher's greatness x 2
- Why Brian Urlacher will be a first-ballot NFL Hall of Famer
- Brian Urlacher carried on proud tradition of Bears' MLBs