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Pats Pulpit Apr 10, 2015

The Relentless March of Time: NFL Franchise Cornerstones Changing Sides

We're hitting a point where generational greats are on their final legs and they're leaving their homes behind. The shift probably started in 2012, once Peyton Manning was pushed to Denver as the Colts opted to take Andrew Luck. It was definitely in full swing the next offseason when players like Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, Colts edge defender Dwight Freeney, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, Rams running back Steven Jackson, Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber, and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed either changed teams or retired. This past season played with Panthers...

Brian Urlacher never considered early retirement

Over the span of a decorated 13-year NFL career, former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher forged a reputation of a player willing to do almost anything to stay on the football field. Urlacher started all 16 regular-season games in 10 of his 13 years in Chicago, despite the taxing physical demands of being the captain of the Chicago defense from his middle linebacker position. In a recent interview with ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure, Urlacher said he never contemplated early retirement because of long-term health concerns, a hot-button issue in the NFL in the wake of 24-year-old...

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