By Jon Sterngass
For a decade, center linebacker Brian Urlacher has been the logo of the Chicago Bears soccer crew. Urlacher led his small-town highschool to a kingdom championship after which led the kingdom in tackles on the college of latest Mexico. selected via the Chicago Bears because the 9th choose within the NFL draft in 2000, he stunned every person through successful shielding Rookie of the 12 months honors. due to the fact that then, Urlacher has turn into essentially the most renowned gamers within the NFL. He helped lead the Bears to the playoffs a number of instances, as well as large Bowl XLI in 2007. He has received a number of protecting Player-of-the-Year awards and ESPN named him to their All-Decade group in 2009. during this new biography, know about Urlacher's stricken upbringing and his cohesion, plus how he leads his existence either off and on the sphere.
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51 52 Brian Urlacher Butkus, however, admitted, “I like watching him, I liked watching Singletary, and I’m glad they both played for the Bears. It’s really odd how lucky we’ve been with linebackers. ” Making the Play-offs The Bears lost both games to the Packers in the 2001 season but finished the year 13–3, good enough to win the NFC Central Division for the first time since 1990. Chicago finished an amazing 8–0 in games decided by seven points or less and made the play-offs for the first time since 1994.
This team has a lot to be proud of,” Jauron said. Jim Miller had the best season of his career at quarterback, starting 13 games and passing for 2,299 yards. Running back Anthony Thomas rushed for 1,183 yards and seven touchdowns and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. Marty Booker caught a team-record 100 passes for 1,071 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite the improved offense, the Bears’ defense led the way to the play-offs. In 2001, the Bears allowed only 203 points in 16 games, the least in the NFL.
The 2002 Chicago defense was atrocious. After leading the NFL the previous year, the Bears finished 25th (out of 31) in least points allowed. Just the same, the Bears recognized that Urlacher was the heart of their defense as well as a strong marketing tool for the team. Even though Urlacher’s contract still had two years left, the Bears decided before the 2003 season to sign him to a longterm contract that would ensure that he played with the Bears for the rest of his career. 65 million contract that would keep him on the Bears until 2011.