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Brian Urlacher to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: You ended my career

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

The last play of Brian Urlacher's career was a tackle of Russell Wilson. (USATSI)
The last play of Brian Urlacher's career was a tackle of Russell Wilson. (USATSI)

When former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement in May, one of the reasons he said he was retiring was because he didn't think he could 'bring a level of performance that's up to my standards.'

One of the reasons Urlacher couldn't play up to his standards is because he had a bad hamstring. The cause of that bad hamstring: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

During an interview with Wilson on Wednesday, Urlacher credited -- or blamed, depending on your point of view -- the second-year quarterback for ending his 13-year career.

"Russell, I'm not sure if you know this or not, but you ended my career basically last year on that third down in overtime," Urlacher said, via FoxSports.com. "You were rolling out, I was trying to chase you. Trying to chase you down I popped my hamstring and missed the last four games of the season. You ended it."

The play Urlacher's referring to was a third-and-2 situation for the Seahawks on the opening possession of overtime during the Bears Week 12 game against Seattle.

Urlacher chased Wilson down and tackled him on the play, but not before the Seahawks quarterback scrambled for five yards and got the first down. That was the last play of Urlacher's 13-year career. Even worse for Urlacher, the Bears didn't even win. Wilson and the Seahawks won the game seven plays later on a Wilson 13-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice.

The Bears missed the playoffs by one game.

Wilson won't get the chance to end any other Bears linebackers careers this year because Chiacgo and Seattle don't play each other in 2013.


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