Chicago Bears: Jeff Samardzija
Urlacher announced his retirement on Wednesday, after 13 years in the NFL, the same day Samardzija threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates. But the news of Urlacher's retirement didn't escape Samardzija.
"What a perfect guy to have in that spot on that team," Samardzija said. "I was always a fan of his, it's a sad day."
Samardzija grew up in northern Indiana and was an All-American receiver at Notre Dame, so he followed the Bears and Urlacher from the beginning of his career to the end.
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