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Brian Urlacher retiring from NFL

Updated: May 23, 2013, 9:53 AM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

Brian Urlacher announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons Wednesday, ending what many believe was a Hall of Fame career as an iconic Chicago Bears linebacker.

"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. When considering this along with the fact ...

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