He has been effectively the face of the franchise for much of the past decade and came back from a season-ending wrist injury in 2009 to earn selection to Pro Bowls in 2010 and 2011.
Now Brian Urlacher will receive the Bears Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday, an award named for the long-time Baltimore Colts trainer and representing the Block Foundations commitment to work against child abuse.
One player from each of the 32 NFL teams is selected by vote. The award, symbolizing sportsmanship, professionalism and courage, has been won recently by Charles Tillman (2008), Israel Idonije (2009) and Anthony Adams (2010).
For Carl Edwards Jr., Memorial Day has a special meaning.
That's because the Cubs reliever has a very close tie to the armed services.
Edwards met his fiance, Nette Smith, before her deployment in Afghanistan. Throughout her active service, Edwards kept in touch by writing her letters. Their relationship eventually blossomed, and now the couple has a one-year-old child.
With Smith's army commitment finished, she views Memorial Day as a time to appreciate all those who serve.
"To me, Memorial Day is a day set aside for me to remember some of the people I have met who sacrificed everything," Smith said.
Watch the couple's entire story in the video above.