NFL Star Brian Urlacher Should Be Given Time to Grieve

brian urlacherPoor Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. His 51-year-old mother, Lavoyda, died unexpectedly at her home in Texas, the team is reporting today. In response to this horrible tragedy, the player is taking time off. He issued a statement explaining that his priority right now is to be with his family as they mourn the loss of Lavoyda and make the arrangements to lay her to rest. He said, "This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy."

Being someone who teammate Jay Cutler describes as the "heart and soul of [this] organization," Urlacher is going to be missed, even if he's only absent from, say, one game. (On Sunday, the Bears are supposed to play in New Orleans.) And fans will probably feel the void, too. But it doesn't matter. That's not at all what's important right now for the football star.

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As he mentioned in his statement, grieving and being with his family is what he needs to be doing -- not playing football.

Being a linebacker for the Bears may be his gig, but I'm sure he sees his loved ones as his priority in life. The same should be true for anyone, celebrity or not. It's clear his colleagues understand. A few have released statements that their hearts are with him. Cutler even tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers going out to Brian and his family.” (That Jay sounds like such a sweet, supportive buddy!) With hope, the organization isn't gonna give him a hard time about taking however long he needs to deal with this.

This won't be easy for Urlacher, and no one should expect it to be. Losing a parent -- no matter how old you are -- has got to be an incredibly difficult thing to go through, and facing the grief is a must. Urlacher must be given the time and respect to cope with this tragedy before returning to the game.

Do you think Urlacher should play on Sunday?

 

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