John Clayton: "Is the end near for Brian Urlacher?"
Clayton is clearly a Brian Urlacher fan.
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Hearing Brian Urlacher
discuss the possibly of being a free agent after the 2012 season caught me a little off guard.
Urlacher is entering the final year of his contract at the age of 34, and there would seem to be little doubt the Bears and Urlacher would like to figure out a way to keep him in a Bears uniform until he retires.
Like Ray Lewis
in Baltimore, Urlacher is a symbol of what's right about the National Football League. Lewis, who is 37, is the leader of a Ravens defense that's been tough to beat since he was drafted. Urlacher is the leader of the Bears' Cover 2 defense, which has been to a Super Bowl and is annually in playoff contention.
Even though athletes take great care of their bodies, it's becoming increasingly harder for an NFL position player to stay in the game past the age of 35.