Brian Urlacher (Football Superstars) by Jon Sterngass

By Jon Sterngass

For a decade, center linebacker Brian Urlacher has been the emblem of the Chicago Bears soccer group. Urlacher led his small-town highschool to a kingdom championship after which led the country in tackles on the college of recent Mexico. selected by way of the Chicago Bears because the 9th choose within the NFL draft in 2000, he stunned every body via successful shielding Rookie of the yr honors. given that then, Urlacher has develop into essentially the most renowned gamers within the NFL. He helped lead the Bears to the playoffs numerous occasions, as well as great Bowl XLI in 2007. He has received a number of protective Player-of-the-Year awards and ESPN named him to their All-Decade staff in 2009. during this new biography, find out about Urlacher's stricken upbringing and his solidarity, plus how he leads his lifestyles either off and on the sphere.

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The Lovie Smith Era Begins After a long search, the Bears hired Lovie Smith as the thirteenth head coach in their history in 2004. When Chicago hired him, Smith became only the seventh African-American coach in the NFL. Smith grew up in Big Sandy, Texas, a tiny farming town between Dallas and Shreveport, Louisiana. Money was tight in Smith’s family, and he lived a small-town existence in a onestoplight town very similar to Brian Urlacher’s childhood in Lovington. 57 58 Brian Urlacher Smith received only one scholarship offer, to the University of Tulsa, where he was a two-time All-American linebacker.

For his stellar season, Urlacher was a unanimous first-team All-Pro and honored as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by Football Digest. Urlacher even had some offensive highlights. In the fourteenth game, the Bears were trailing the Washington Redskins 13-10 in the fourth quarter. The Bears lined up for a short field goal that would have tied the game. Instead, Chicago faked the field goal. Brad Maynard, the holder, threw a pass to Urlacher, who went 27 yards untouched into the end zone. The pass Relaxation and Pressure Professional football players perform only once a week, so preparation for the game is important.

Playing College Football Urlacher was so athletic that Coach Long tried to figure out how to use him in other game situations as a senior. “He wants to return kickoffs,” Long said. “And some of the coaches want him to play tailback. ” Long used Urlacher on offense in special situations, and Urlacher responded. He caught only seven passes all year, but six of them were for touchdowns. In his very parttime offensive role, he still ended up tying for the Lobo scoring lead with 42 points. He was also UNM’s leading punt returner with 10 returns for 158 yards.

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