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Thumbs-up, thumbs-down: Bears' Urlacher deserving of Hall of Fame nod

Former NFL players Randy Moss (from left) Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile are announced as inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the seventh annual NFL Honors on Feb. 3 at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Former NFL players Randy Moss (from left) Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile are announced as inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the seventh annual NFL Honors on Feb. 3 at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Thumbs-up: To former Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Urlacher is the fourth Bears linebacker to reach the Hall, following legends Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Bill George.

In 13 seasons with the Bears from 2000 through 2012, No. 54 became the face of the Bears, known for his nose for the football and his ability to lay punishing hits on opponents when he sniffed it out. He never quite got the team over the Super Bowl hump – although they came close in 2006, losing Super Bowl XLI to the Colts – but his contributions to keeping alive the “Monsters of the Midway” mystique of the Bears defense are undeniable.

You’ll be able to see Urlacher, by the way, the night of Sept. 8 at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. He’ll be there with fellow legends Mean Joe Greene, Anthony Munoz, Lawrence Taylor, Randy White and Dan Hampton for Pro Football Weekly’s Football Legends Live event. Tickets are available at ProFootballWeekly.com/tfta.

Thumbs-down: To allegations of lascivious behavior by another state official. This week, Rep. Nick Sauer, a Republican from Lake Barrington, resigned amid allegations he had created a fake Instagram account (sometimes called a “finsta”) and uploaded nude photos of an ex-girlfriend. Sauer resigned this week in the face of the allegations, and he could face criminal charges under Illinois’ “revenge porn” law if there’s truth to them.

Thumbs-up: To two people recovering after near-death experiences. A 6-year-old girl who was found in Vulcan Lake at Three Oaks Recreation Area last month recently had the chance to thank local firefighters who had saved her life. The girl and her family made a visit to City Hall to meet some of her rescuers.

A Woodstock woman who was struck by lightening at Country Thunder also is recovering. Her family announced on a GoFundMe page that she was released from the hospital and is a “living miracle in progress!” We’re glad to hear they both are doing well.

Thumbs-up: To Crystal Lake native and Marian Central grad Bryan Bulaga for returning Friday to the Green Bay Packers’ roster less than nine months after tearing his ACL.

Bulaga reportedly worked in limited fashion with the team during Thursday’s practice and hopes to be ready to play in Week 1 against the Bears on the night of Sept. 9 in Green Bay. This is the second time during his NFL career Bulaga has worked through rehabbing a torn ACL.

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