Bear down, Chicago Bears. Chicago is mourning for one of it’s own — Brian Urlacher’s mom.
You had to be a hell of a woman to raise a son that can terrorize the entirety of the NFL and be the face of a team that’s valued defense for decades. Not just a good defensive player, but one of the icons of modern day football — an absolute monster to face if you’re a quarterback or anyone carrying the pigskin. Brian Urlacher has announced today that he was leaving the Chicago Bears immediately to go be with his family after his mother’s unexpected death in Texas. No word on whether he’ll be back for their game against the Saints, but Urlacher called Lovie Smith and told him the news first.
Urlacher has been with the Bears for 13 seasons, as the centerpiece of their defense and the face of the franchise. The man is irreplaceable, and I imagine his mother was as well. You’re a good man, Brian.
So rest up Papa Bear. We’ll be here to cheer you on when you get back. May your family heal well and may you not be harmed by someone whose fantasy bracket has just been rendered nearly useless.