Robert Griffin III says he cried after his knee surgery and changed his cellphone passcode to the date of the Washington Redskins season opener as he began his rehabilitation process.
To celebrate the Hall-of-Fame career of an all-time Bears great, we take a look back at the top five moments in Brian Urlacher's career — with four honorable mentions — for No. 54:
The San Francisco 49ers suddenly have a huge void in their receiving corps as they chase another Super Bowl berth: Michael Crabtree is sidelined after surgery on his right Achilles tendon.
Brian Urlacher wasn't sure how dominant he could be any longer, so he's calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.
CHICAGO | Brian Urlacher wasn't sure how dominant he could be any longer, so he's calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.
The NFL is free to twist arms, just like anybody else. So maybe it's just coincidence that all five of the new stadiums that will come on line during Roger Goodell's brief tenure as NFL commissioner have now been awarded Super Bowls.
Build a new stadium, host the Super Bowl to show it off.
Charles Woodson is coming back home to Oakland.
INDIANAPOLIS | Now that the NFL has picked its two newest Super Bowl winners, San Francisco (2016) and Houston (2017), Indianapolis organizers can start making their pitch to host a second title game.
Tony Romo pointed here and there, showing receiver Dez Bryant the best way to use a block on the first day of offseason practice.
BOSTON | The 50th Super Bowl will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and the NFL championship will go to Houston the following year.
Imagine Sean Payton holding up a Surface tablet instead of a cardboard playsheet on the sideline.
The NFL and Microsoft, through its next generation Xbox console, are combining to enhance interactive TV viewing of pro football games.
Manti Te'o isn't hiding out. He's just not talking to the media.
Police say the Maryland home of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was burglarized over the weekend, and $2,000 and two guns were stolen.
The courtship lasted awhile, but the date with destiny for West Side wide receiver Lonnie Johnson and Ohio State was confirmed.
Mario Williams refused to be labeled as someone who was emotionally unstable in dismissing questions about his mental state raised by a series of text messages from his former fiancee.
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested on charges that he violated probation stemming from an altercation with his now ex-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities have said is the mother of his baby daughter.
The San Diego Chargers agreed Saturday to a two-year deal with aging star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.
New York Jets running back Mike Goodson is facing drug and weapons charges after he was found in a car with an acquaintance early Friday morning on Interstate 80 in New Jersey.
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season on Friday after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Charles Woodson pushed back a visit to Oakland to pursue a reunion with the Raiders because extending his career in the NFL isn't his only mission.
Doug Whaley was promoted to take over as Buffalo Bills general manager, making the team's near top-to-bottom offseason overhaul complete.
It hasn't taken long for Alex Smith to become the leader of the Kansas City Chiefs.
A woman has sued Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, claiming he or a body guard hit her, threw a drink at her and tossed her off a party bus on the New Jersey Turnpike last December.
Linebacker Rolando McClain has told the Baltimore Ravens that he's retiring from the NFL.
Trindon Holliday quickly put his historic playoff performance behind him just as he did all those gasping defenders scattered in his wake.
Chuck Muncie, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, has died at age 60, the NFL clubs and a family spokesman said Tuesday.
When the Minnesota Vikings unveiled the design of their new stadium, they introduced another attention-grabbing image to the NFL's stadium collection: The see-through roof.
Opening the roof over the new home of the Minnesota Vikings would have forced planners of the $975 million project to eliminate some of the fancy features.
Not getting any younger and confident he's put in place a young foundation capable of turning the Buffalo Bills into a winner, Buddy Nix called this the right time to step down as general manager on Monday.
Justin Blackmon pinned his problems on his decisions.
Jack Butler, who helped revolutionize the way cornerbacks played in the NFL during his Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with a staph infection. He was 85.
LAKE FOREST | The Bears' draft picks have plenty of obstacles to overcome in the next few months while trying to fit onto the roster.
SCHERERVILLE | By the multitude of record covers he signed, you could have mistaken Bears Super Bowl champion receiver Willie Gault as more of a pop music star than a football player.
The congratulatory messages flooded Oday Aboushi's Twitter page for a few days after he was drafted by the New York Jets two weeks ago.
Eleven days after he was cut by the New York Jets, Tim Tebow's future plans remain up in the air.
The Baltimore Ravens acquired center A.Q. Shipley from the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional 2014 draft pick.
Three-time All-Pro Ronde Barber is retiring after a 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that included a Super Bowl title and five Pro Bowl appearances.
The future home of the San Francisco 49ers will be called Levi's Stadium.
Carrie Underwood will take over the theme song for "Sunday Night Football," with NBC sticking to the formula of a female country music star for its intro.
New York Giants owner John Mara says progress is slow but steady in the contract negotiations between the team and Pro Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz.
The Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe on Monday, bringing an end to his colorful and outspoken eight-year stay in Minnesota.
Jarvis Jones is not James Harrison. For one thing, there's the hair.
Minnesota went all in with three first-round picks.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears knew they needed help at linebacker and on the offensive line, so it was no coincidence they doubled up their efforts at those spots on Saturday's final day of the NFL draft.
Michael Buchanan thought he could go as high as the second round of the NFL Draft.
INDIANAPOLIS | Ryan Grigson may never have another draft class quite like this one.
EAST CHICAGO | At approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, Kawann Short's life changed forever.
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