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Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Urlacher retires

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:00 a.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Brian Urlacher wasn’t sure how dominant he could be any longer, so he’s calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.

And what a career it was: Eight Pro Bowl seasons, Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, and a trip to the Super Bowl as 2006 NFC champion.

And now, it’s over.

The eight-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement through social media accounts.

Urlacher was the face of the Bears, and he ranks among the best middle linebackers to suit up for a franchise with an impressive list that includes Hall of Famers Bill George, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary.

In March, Urlacher and the Bears were unable to reach a contract agreement and he became a free agent.