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Urlacher's star will continue to rise

Retired icon's imprint on Bears remains and his profile might even grow larger

Updated: August 27, 2013, 2:50 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Brian Urlacher is not going anywhere.

While his departure from the Bears and subsequent retirement from football in May after 13 seasons leave an undeniable hole in the hearts of his fans and a physical void on the field, Urlacher's imprint on the team remains, according to his former teammates. And his public profile can and should, say marketing experts, only grow larger.

Although Urlacher's physical intensity, trademark smile and playful gloating are no longer seen and heard at ...

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