Athlete of the Week: HOF Nominee Brian Urlacher

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This is a new series that will shed light on current and retired players from the NBA and/or the NFL. Today, up for the Football Hall of Fame, former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

The 6’4, 250 pound-physical specimen brought back the Monsters of the Midway. Look up the Chicago Bears and he is one of the first names you should think of. Well, the man is a definite Hall of Famer. I don’t get into the first ballot, second ballot, x number of ballot conversation. To give you a glimpse as to why, Terrell Owens is a definite Hall of Famer in my book, regardless of how many years it takes the media to vote for him.

Urlacher was the ultimate warrior on the field, and it was well-known how great of a man he was without the pads. He became the household name, face of Chicago, and a spokesman for the NFL. Coming into the league, there was talk about him as a player between safety and linebacker. A Defensive Player of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, 8-time Pro Bowler, 5-time All Pro, and 5 years since retirement, the face of the Black & Blue division will soon enter Canton with a gold jacket.

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Urlacher played 13 seasons, 10 of which he lined up for every game, 9 where he racked up over 100 tackles, 41.5 career sacks, 22 career interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, 91 passes defensed, with 3 defensive touchdowns. The guy made plays when they were needed. He had an incredible I.Q. at middle linebacker with natural instincts to cover sideline-to-sideline, rushing the trenches and covering down field. An all-around stud that opponents feared.

Urlacher is one of my favorite players of all time. In college he played safety, wide receiver, covered punts as a gunner, and returned punts. He never came off the field. He was All-District in basketball, played baseball, ran track and always hit the weight room. What an athlete.