9:03 PM EDT, Sun March 29, 2015

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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