Throughout his career, Brian Urlacher proved with the Chicago Bears that he was one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. This even led to him entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Urlacher hasn’t played professional football since the 2012 season, despite making a Pro Bowl in 2011, but that could soon change. According to some recent reports, Urlacher could actually be coming out of retirement to play pro football again.
Brian Urlacher is one of the greatest linebackers of all-time
The Chicago Bears selected Brian Urlacher with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft. He then had an outstanding career with the Bears.
Urlacher earned a Pro Bowl selection in his first four seasons, and he even earned First-Team All-Pro honors in 2001 and 2002. During the 2002 season, Urlacher led the NFL in solo tackles with 117 and ultimately recorded 153 total tackles on the year.
After only playing in nine games in 2004, Urlacher earned consecutive Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro selections in 2005 and 2006. He also won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005 with 122 total tackles and six sacks. Additionally, during the 2006 season, Urlacher recorded 142 total tackles and picked off three passes. He also helped the Bears reach the Super Bowl that season, before ultimately losing to the Indianapolis Colts.
Urlacher then earned two more Pro Bowl selections in 2010 and 2011. He recorded over 100 tackles in each of those seasons and intercepted three passes in 2011. His last season in the NFL, though, was in 2012. He recorded 68 total tackles in 12 games that year. For his career, Urlacher earned eight Pro Bowl selections and recorded 1,046 solo tackles, which is No. 9 all-time.
He was also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018.
He could potentially come out of retirement
Despite not playing since 2012, Urlacher could potentially come out of retirement.
USA Today Sports’ Touchdown Wire recently reported that Urlacher is reportedly in talks to play in a new professional football league — the Fan Controlled Football league. Their source couldn’t go on the record due to the ongoing discussions with Urlacher, but confirmed that the league has an interest in the Hall of Famer.
Touchdown Wire also reported that former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams could play for the league, too. Williams hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2011 season and hasn’t really had a productive year since the 2009 season.
So, what is the Fan Controlled Football league?
What is the Fan Controlled Football league?
The Fan Controlled Football league is set to launch in February 2021, and it actually has several celebrity team owners. This includes rapper Quavo, NFL defensive back Richard Sherman, LA Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, boxing legend Mike Tyson, and running back legend Marshawn Lynch.
“It’s a no-brainer man,” Tyson said, according to a video on Yahoo Sports. “We’re going to have a team. We’re going to cultivate the team to become the best team in the league. And I’m going to be a part of it.”
According to The Washington Post, the Fan Controlled Football league is a 7-on-7, arena-style football league. The catch, however, is that fans choose the teams’ nicknames and coaches, and even draft players and call plays. That could certainly be interesting to watch.
Brian Urlacher was one of the greatest linebackers of all-time. He could be back on the field again, playing for this new league, soon, too.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference