Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, cementing his status as one of the game’s greatest linebackers. Local Bears fans in the Rockford region welcomed Urlacher to town on Saturday.
The Collectors Bench hosted Urlacher for an autograph session, the latest in a string of high-profile visits to the downtown Rockford shop. Fans were lined up around the block, some for hours before the doors opened. Once they did, fans greeted Urlacher with smiles and all sorts of memorabilia to sign – jerseys, helmets, footballs, cleats, posters, and anything else with the famous Bears “C” or the #54 that Urlacher wore for more than a decade.
“8:45 this morning, just wanted to make sure I got a good spot in line,” said Machesney Park’s Jon Cramer. “Didn’t know I’d be first in front of the building. I froze my butt off watching him play throughout his career, I’ll freeze my butt off to get his autograph, so why not. The first Bear I watched get drafted then inducted in the Hall of Fame. He’s meant a lot to me.”
Rich Locsmondy of Rockford attened with his wife and three sons, all of whom had matching shirts with Urlacher’s face on it.
“It was pretty awesome and it’s amazing it’s in Rockford too,” said Locsmondy, a Bears season ticket holder. “We don’t get a lot of these opportunities so what Brian’s doing is pretty incredible. They were super excited, especially my nine-year old, My three-year old not so much, but my nine-year old was pretty excited.”