Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher misses Top 10 of all-time Bears list

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Brian Urlacher misses Top 10 of all-time Bears list

Brian Urlacher played his way into the pantheon of Bears linebackers and the Hall of Fame over his 13-year career in Chicago, leaving no question he belongs among the all-time greats.

Where he stacks up with the best of the best in team history is still up for debate.

Hall of Fame writers Dan Pompei and Don Pierson ranked the top 100 players in franchise history for the team’s official site, and Urlacher fell outside of the top 10.

Urlacher came in one spot ahead of fellow legendary linebacker Mike Singletary, but the greats of pre-merger era earned many of the top spots on the list.

Dick Butkus came in second to only Walter Payton, while old school legends Bill George and Bulldog Turner ranked seventh and eighth, respectively.

It’s difficult to compare linebackers that played 50 years apart, especially when stacking them up with players at other positions.

Urlacher is still near the top of the list of the best Bears ever. They just have so many all-time greats, the likes of Dan Hampton, Richard Dent and Jimbo Covert just don’t have a spot in the top 10.

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Watch: Brian Urlacher tackles Deion Sanders during ‘NFL 100’ Super Bowl commercial

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Watch: Brian Urlacher tackles Deion Sanders during ‘NFL 100’ Super Bowl commercial

Take one look around social media and you’ll see plenty of complaining about a boring Super Bowl and a disappointing set of commercials between drive.

The highlight of Sunday evening might have the NFL’s own commercial, celebrating their upcoming 100th season of existence.

It aired at halftime and featured a gala full of football’s legends, including quite a few Chicago Bears players in on the action.

Mike Singletary ignited the chaos with one thunderous roar: “Football!”

Then Deion Sanders intercepted a pass from Joe Montana, and Brian Urlacher cut his high-stepping short by slamming him into a table with the same form tackle he made over 1,300 times in Chicago.

Dick Butkus didn’t get out of his chair, but he got a full sentence on camera toward the end.

The main Bears legend who was surprisingly absent was Mike Ditka, who has never been one to shy away from the camera.

The NFL could only squeeze so many stars in two minutes, and the Bears were well represented in one of the most memorable moments of Super Bowl Sunday.

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Brian Urlacher got to say his goodbye to Bears fans

Brian Urlacher got to say his goodbye to Bears fans

Getting inducted into the Hall of Fame was a big deal for Brian Urlacher, but returning to Soldier Field and being honored at halftime of Monday's Bears-Seahawks game was also significant for Urlacher.

The Bears held a ceremony for Urlacher on the field. He walked out in his Hall of Fame jacket and teammates were there to watch him.

"It was amazing," Urlacher said after the ceremony. "I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. I've said this in my speech, I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to the fans. Because you don't ever know when it's your last game. I especially didn't know it was my last game. To get a chance to come back and do this, this whole process, not just the Hall of Fame weekend, but this process getting ready for this week. All my teammates, 15, 16 guys came back. I get a chance to see them, go to the facility and see a lot of people that worked there when I was there. It's just awesome."

Not only was Urlacher joined by his teammates, but Bears fans made a point of watching the former linebacker at halftime instead of hitting the concessions.