This is one of the hardest decisions for an athlete to make: When do you walk away? It's hard for players and fans alike to reconcile the end of an athletic career.
It's early yet, but the latest news on Brian Urlacher's hamstring injury makes it seem like time is winding down for the Bears' star linebacker. There is a possibility that the future Hall-of-Famer may be back — if the Bears make the playoffs. Of course, the path to the post-season is getting more difficult as the rest of this Bears team is riddled with injuries, too. The Bears were 7-3 last year before they lost Jay Cutler and Matt Forte — then the wheels fell off. Could the loss of this All-Pro linebacker impact the final weeks of the season? He has a huge role on the team calling the defensive plays and he still leads the team in tackles. But his ability to dominate from side to side has diminished. He isn't the player he was, and hasn't been since he injured his knee last year in the season finale at Minnesota. That is the difficulty of measuring this potential loss.
Does Urlacher walk away now, or leave it in the hands of management?