Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester (23) runs back a kickoff during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Urlacher on Bears: Loyalty 'not there'

Since retiring after the 2012 season, former Chicago Bears linebacker and future Hall-of-Famer Brian Urlacher hasn’t been shy about criticizing his former team.

This team, he spoke out about the Bears deciding not to keep return man/wide receiver Devin Hester, who has 18 career kick and punt returns, the most in NFL history.

“You think of Devin returning all those punts and kicks as a Bear,” said Urlacher via Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago. “He’s going to break the record on another team, probably. It’s crazy to think he won’t be in a Bears uniform doing that. It’s frustrating as an ex-Bear and a player to see that happen.”

Urlacher went on to question the team’s loyalty.

“It’s just the loyalty factor,” he added. “It’s just not there. He should be a guy that retires as a Bear.”

Urlacher spent his entire career with the Bears.

Hester, who the Bears selected with the 57th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Miami, was hoping to do the same.

Instead, after eight years, he will have to find a new team.

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  • Johnathan Wood

    You don’t win in the NFL by putting loyalty over practicality.

    The reality is that Hester had one trait-blazing speed-that made him a great return man. He did nothing else well, but was worth it for a while based simply on game-breaking return ability.

    At 32, he no longer has that blazing speed. He’s still a solid return man, but if you’re not going to be able to contribute on anything but returns, you need to be better than solid. You can find a solid return man who is also a backup RB, WR, or CB, and that player will have more value.

    Just like with Urlacher last year, a living legend has gotten old to the point where it was time to move on. Thanks for the memories, Devin, and best of luck.

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Come on Brian Urlacher… This has nothing 2Do with loyalty… Hester May break the record but he’s a step or 2 slower, he’s fumbling more often, and as for return men, he’s older. It’s time for a younger person 2Step in and hopefully, become a above average return specialist, then a great return specialist..

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    @Johnathan…I concur with your post… Moreover, what’s up with Urlacher constantly bashing and breaking on the Bears so much?

  • Jon feigenbaum

    You know, most players who play with a team their whole career, becomes a part of their “family” , and end up working in some capacity for their team at some point. Urlacher seems intent to continue to poke the Bears in the eye. You don’t keep a player, and pay him millions, just because he’s played here for some years. He was well paid-VERY well paid , while with the Bears. They have made him a rich man. If anything, he should be grateful to the team that did so. I wish him well wherever he ends up.

  • Mikel McDaniles

    I am and always have been a fan of Hester on returns, however loyalty being callsd into qeuestion on the Bears part is rediculous. Hester was paid a significant salary to play a single position and did not produce when he was tasked with other duties. Seems as if Urlacher will do or say anything to get his name associated with the Chicago Bears recently. I feel like he is using them as a scapegoat for his bad decisions and trying to save face from his inability to secure a roster spot last season.