Urlacher: 'I didn't want to play for anybody else'

Urlacher: 'I didn't want to play for anybody else'
May 22, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

It's a sad day for NFL fans -- and Bears faithful, in particular -- as Brian Urlacher announced his retirement via Twitter.

Shortly after breaking the news, Urlacher joined "The Dan Patrick Show" and explained his reasoning.

"I didn't want to play for anybody else," Urlacher said. "It would have had to have been a great deal for me to go somewhere else. I didn't want to put anybody else's jersey on."

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Urlacher explained to Patrick and the "Danettes" how he came to the life-altering decision, which he's been mulling over since January.

"I was ready to do it [in January]," the eight-time Pro Bowler said. "I just gave it a couple months to make sure I didn't change my mind. It really wasn't that hard of a decision, to tell you the truth."

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Urlacher said he let some of his teammates know Tuesday and chatted with others Wednesday morning because he wanted them to hear it from him. He is just three days shy of his 35th birthday and some have questioned his on-field ability at his advanced age.

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"Maybe I can play, but honestly, I don't want to," he said. "I'm done. I don't want to play anymore."

As for how things played out with the Bears when Urlacher and the team parted ways in late March, he said he was mad at first, but calmed down over time.

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"It went down the way it should have went down," Urlacher said. "What's one more year? Fourteen years, 13 years, there's not a big difference. I still played all 13 years with the same team and I'm proud of that."

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Check out the rest of Urlacher's interview on "The Dan Patrick Show" below: