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Bear facts: Urlacher measures up to Chicago greats

Six-time All-Pro Brian Urlacher has more than lived up to the grand tradition of Bears middle linebackers, Greg Garber writes.

Updated: February 1, 2007, 12:03 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Since he arrived in Chicago seven seasons ago, Brian Urlacher has been assaulted by the tradition of the Bears' middle linebackers like a Dick Butkus forearm to the throat.

"Since day one when I got there -- that's all I've heard about," Urlacher said. "It's a huge honor to be able to play the same position as Bill George, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary. At the same time, people compare me to them all the time, and it's not fair because they are in the Hall of Fame.

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