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Urlacher headed back to Pro Bowl—as a captain


Bears Hall of Fame middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will serve as one of four "legends captains" for the Pro Bowl, which will be played Sunday, Jan. 27 in Orlando.

The NFC and AFC teams will both have two captains, one on offense and one on defense. Urlacher will be joined by Emmitt Smith on the NFC squad, while Jim Kelly (offense) and Demarcus Ware (defense) will work with the AFC.

Urlacher and the other captains will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players. They will not only be present at the Pro Bowl game but will also attend various events in Orlando during the week leading up to the contest.

The Pro Bowl will kick off at 2 p.m. (CT) and be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC. Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. (CT) on NFL Network. Tickets to the game start at $45.

Urlacher was inducted into the Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton. He played his entire 13-year NFL career with the Bears after being selected with the ninth pick in the 2000 draft out of New Mexico. Fueled by a rare combination of size, speed and toughness, he was voted to eight Pro Bowls, was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2000 and was selected NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.

Urlacher was a four-time All-Pro who helped the Bears win four division titles and reach the Super Bowl in 2006. He started 180 of 182 games played with the Bears, recording 1,779 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. The only players who've started more games for the team are Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton (184) and center Olin Kreutz (183).

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