It's only been one year since Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears parted ways. But old wounds were opened again on Thursday when the Bears announced their decision to also cut ties with longtime return specialist Devin Hester. Simply put, Urlacher was not happy with the franchise's decision.
“I was really surprised to hear the news,” Urlacher told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. “You think of Devin returning all those punts and kicks as a Bear. 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.”
“Look at what the Steelers have done the last couple days signing Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller, some older guys to a couple more years just so they can retire as Steelers,” Urlacher said. “The Bears could do that with Devin. He should retire a Bear. He set all those records in a Bears uniform, and his No. 23 should be retired one day in Chicago.
“It’s just the loyalty factor. It’s just not there. He should be a guy that retires as a Bear.”
While loyalty is something we can all value, the fact remains that the National Football League is a business and the Chicago Bears were forced to make a difficult business decision in releasing one of the club's veteran stars. With that said, I'm sure most Bears fans will miss the excitement that Hester brought to the field.
Via The Red Zone