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Brian Urlacher Retires

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, free-agent linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement on Wednesday.

"After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire," Urlacher said in a statement he posted on Twitter.

"Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards," he continued. "When considering this along with the fact I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear."

The eight-time Pro Bowler and the Bears were unable to reach a contract during the offseason.

Urlacher was the defensive player of the year in 2005 and leaves as the Bears' franchise leader in tackles with 1,779.  He finishes with 41.5 career sacks and 22 interceptions.

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