Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Personal Tribute To Brian Urlacher

With Brian Urlacher’s retirement announcement another Chicago Bear legend is in the books. After 13 seasons in Chicago he closed out his career, regrettably, as a free agent after the Bears unceremoniously released him in March. I wish that they could have worked out at least a one-day contract to let him retire as a Bear properly.

I believe that Urlacher will get elected to the Hall of Fame; he had a solid career that includes 8 Pro Bowls, 5 All-Pro selections, Defensive Player of the Year (2005) and Defensive Rookie of the Year (2000). Add on that he set the Bears’ season tackle record (2002) and career tackle record and he ended up playing 182 games in a Bears uniform, only 2 games less than the one of the greatest Bears ever, Sweetness himself. The only knock would be the lack of a Super Bowl ring but at least he made it to the big game, Super Bowl XLI vs. the Colts.

One of my best pulls ever was this Brian Urlacher patch card that I pulled in 2005 from a box of 2005 Leaf Certified Materials. How do you top a three colored patch? You pull an eBay 1/1 card (I don't like it when sellers claim a card is a 1/1 because of a certain number, aren't all cards 1/1 in some way?), card #1/25.

1 comment:

  1. Beautuful card. I'm sad to see him retire but glad he didn't end up on the Vikings. Butkus-Singletary-Urlacher. Yes, he should be in the HOF.