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Urlacher's teammates surround him in support

Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:13 am
 
UrlacherPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s been a whirlwind week for Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. His mother, Lavoyda Lenard, died suddenly, and though he expected to take a few days off to grieve and be with his family, Urlacher returned to Halas Hall on Thursday, presumably to practice and get his mind off his mom for maybe just a few hours.

Sounds like his teammates -- who, if possible, seem to respect Urlacher even more now after he showed up for Thursday’s practice -- will do everything in their power to support him through this difficult time.

That’s why, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, a Bears contingent will travel to Lovington, N.M., in order to attend Lenard’s funeral Saturday and to be present for Urlacher.

The traveling party will include coach Lovie Smith, team chairman George McCaskey, president Ted Phillips, general manager Jerry Angelo, linebackers coach Bob Babich and linebacker Lance Briggs.

"Brian is family,'' Smith said, via the newspaper. "We see it like a family member passed away. So of course we're going to be there. The Bears will be represented well. We want to be there to show our support and help Brian as much as we can through a tough time.''

The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, and the Bears crew will then fly to New Orleans for their Sunday matchup against the Saints. Urlacher, at some point, will follow, since he’s scheduled to start. Smith, whose mother died a week after the NFC championship guy, can relate to the emotions Urlacher is having.

"My mother, she let the season end, then she chose to go be with God,'' he said. "That's how her timing was.

"You know that being in a profession, you have to have plans for deaths that happen through the course of the year. And our plan is pretty simple: We put football on the back burner. We let that person do everything he needs to do ... That's exactly how we do it around here.''

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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 8:36 am
 

Urlacher's teammates surround him in support

I know that I'm late in hearing this but it goes without saying that the Patriots Nation wishes the family of Brian Urlacher the very best through this tough time.



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:31 am
 

Urlacher's teammates surround him in support

god blees  him and his family!!! my prayers are with you



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:00 pm
 

Urlacher's teammates surround him in support

I have a hard time understanding people sometimes. I didn't read the Philly Eagles Fan's comment and it is probably a good thing I didn't. I don't mence words at people like that. Thank you for setting it straight and as far as the Saint's fan making his comment. I am a Saint's fan through and through, I didn't read his comment and am not going to waste my time looking for it. But as a Saints fan I would like to apolpgize for the IDIOT and the remarks he made about Saints Top Billing. Brian Urlacher is and always has been a class act on and off the field. I enjoy watching him(except when he is sacking Brees) So I say to the Saints fan that made the classless comments, You are not a true football fan and every Saints player and coach would tell you the same thing.





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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Urlacher's teammates surround him in support

After losing my mother to cancer this spring at age 31 I have all the empathy in the world for Brian Urlacher.  I hope Bears fans and NFL fans understand his loss and support him during this difficult time of his life.


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