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Brian Urlacher’s mother dies

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Lavoyda Lenard, the mother of Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, has died.

The Bears released a statement saying that Lenard died suddenly at her home in Texas on Monday. No information about the cause of death has been released. Lenard was 51 years old.

“My first priority right now is to be with my family as we mourn her loss and make the arrangements to lay her to rest,” Urlacher said in a statement released by the team. “This is a very difficult and emotional time for us and I sincerely ask that you respect our privacy. Thank you.”

Urlacher has not said when he plans to return to the Bears.

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108 Responses to “Brian Urlacher’s mother dies”
  1. kwken says: Sep 14, 2011 2:35 PM

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  2. marktheaudioguy says: Sep 14, 2011 2:35 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  3. briank1ne says: Sep 14, 2011 2:35 PM

    I really like urlacher. That sucks that she died at such a young age. 51 is way too early. god bless

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:38 PM

    Condolences to him.

  5. 7pints says: Sep 14, 2011 2:39 PM

    aw, man… sorry to hear it. God bless!

  6. lbpackfan says: Sep 14, 2011 2:39 PM

    Prayers out to you and your family, Brian!

  7. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:39 PM

    Thats too bad. But she’ll be watching the Bears tank the rest of their season from above

  8. seabreezes51 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:40 PM

    Sad, It is never easy, but 51 is very young.
    Condolences to family……..

  9. richm2256 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:41 PM

    Wow …. just 51?

    Sad.

  10. frankgarrett says: Sep 14, 2011 2:42 PM

    bears still suck

  11. johnnyshore says: Sep 14, 2011 2:43 PM

    What a shame, but fitting that Urlacher had such a great final game for her to see and won player of the week. R.I.P., condolences to Brian and family.

  12. greenbaysucks says: Sep 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    Take all the time you need with your family Urlacher…family comes first. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  13. dubuquesteelers says: Sep 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    Way to young. I am so very sorry.

  14. dannymac17 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    wow whoever the 2 stooges who keep thumbing down sad stories needs an ass kickin.

  15. threedeep1998 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    wow – way too young for anyone to pass. Hopefully this thread stays clear of trash talk and can stay classy.

  16. drshankenstein says: Sep 14, 2011 2:44 PM

    That’s terrible. His family is in my thoughts. I wish them the very best.

  17. chuckyd317 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:45 PM

    Packer Nation supports Urlacher and his family on their loss…

  18. asublimeday says: Sep 14, 2011 2:45 PM

    Sorry buddy. Prayers are with you and yours.

  19. johnnyb216 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:45 PM

    As a Packer fan, I’m very sorry for your loss. That has to be one of the hardest things a guy could go through.

  20. ticalcaldwell says: Sep 14, 2011 2:45 PM

    I am sorry for your loss. God bless….

  21. hendawg21 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:46 PM

    Prayers to you and yours Brian has to be really tough to lose your mom and at such a young age.

    And to those giving thumbs down to people for sharing condolences to someone losing a parent what morons/idiots you are…

  22. cappa662 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:46 PM

    Wow she was only 51. Too young. Rip.

  23. ufullpj says: Sep 14, 2011 2:48 PM

    Man, this sucks. Thoughts and prayers from Packer Nation to Urlacher and his family. Having been through this, it’s incredibly difficult. Our deepest sympathies to Urlacher and his family.

  24. achap39 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:48 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  25. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 14, 2011 2:48 PM

    that is tough. Losing your mom has to be brutal, and she was only 51. My condolences to the Urlacher family.

  26. iowapackfan says: Sep 14, 2011 2:50 PM

    Being a Packers fan, it is hard to really like Urlacher because he does well against our team, but I do respect him as a player and wouldn’t wish this on anyone. Our prayers and condolences go out to you and your family Brian. I hope your mom can rest in peace.

  27. kane337 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:50 PM

    So sad to lose a parent. I have lost one myself. Best wishes to the Urlacher family.

  28. shaggytoodle says: Sep 14, 2011 2:50 PM

    Best wishes

  29. nesuperfan says: Sep 14, 2011 2:50 PM

    I can’t believe the thumbs down people are giving to condolences. Classless jerks.

  30. gcsuk says: Sep 14, 2011 2:53 PM

    Refreshing to see that some people can still be complete tools even when commenting on another person’s personal tragedy.

    Not a Bears fan, but I’m still a human being with a conscience. Thoughts and prayers go out to Urlacher and his family.

  31. ramofsteel says: Sep 14, 2011 2:53 PM

    I love watchin Urlacher play nasty and his outspoken-ness. But he’s still human and I can’t imagine what he’s going through.

    The mother-son bond is a magical thing.

  32. walkertwin1 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:54 PM

    More important things than football. My prayers r with u & ur family.

  33. fijabbersman345 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:55 PM

    It’s always hard to see things like this happen to good people. As a Vikings fan, I send my utmost prayers and condolences out to you and his your and hope that you feel all the better. Bears games will always be more fun to watch when you’re lining up as the MLB; I wish you a speedy recovery. God Bless, and RIP.

  34. troybulletinboard says: Sep 14, 2011 2:55 PM

    RIP- Every NFL fan is behind you Brain, take whatever time you need. Your family needs you 1,000 times more than any locker room does right now.

    As for the morons thumbs downing and posting disrespectful comments, all I can do is hope you remember this moment when karma catches up to you.

  35. ctiggs says: Sep 14, 2011 2:56 PM

    R I P

  36. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 14, 2011 2:56 PM

    Sorry to hear that Brian. Obviously you will have many fan’s prayers heading towards you to console you in this difficult time.

    While she was only 51 and that’s very young to leave this world, she was able to see her son lead a successful life doing something that he loves which is what every parent wants for their child.

  37. ishallcomment says: Sep 14, 2011 2:59 PM

    51..

    sad sad sad

  38. bo1210 says: Sep 14, 2011 2:59 PM

    And to those giving thumbs down to people for sharing condolences to someone losing a parent what morons/idiots you are…

    —————————————————-

    All good, hendawg12. That’s what happens when mommy leaves the computer unattended. Thoughts and prayers to Brian and his family.

  39. soxpatsceltsbs says: Sep 14, 2011 3:01 PM

    Very very sad:( the relationship between a mother and son is priceless! Stay strong Brian. Patriot Nation prays for you

  40. qj1984 says: Sep 14, 2011 3:02 PM

    Rest In Paradise Ms. Lenard.

    My prayers are with Brian and his family.

  41. sfkforever says: Sep 14, 2011 3:04 PM

    sorry for your loss…54

  42. phillyisinvading says: Sep 14, 2011 3:06 PM

    RIP dude….

    on another note… if he doesn’t play.

    Bet on the Saints.

  43. clayswife says: Sep 14, 2011 3:06 PM

    Sad news :( Sorry to hear this.

  44. mossholder says: Sep 14, 2011 3:09 PM

    Terrible news. As mentioned by many, may your mother rest in peace. Talk is cheap when you’re only the computer. Sometimes I wish we could see the people who put thumbs down or post tasteless comments. My thoughts and prayers are with you

  45. merbnz says: Sep 14, 2011 3:09 PM

    WOW. My condolences Brian. She obviously did a great job raising her children.

  46. atcolagrosso says: Sep 14, 2011 3:09 PM

    Brian, very sorry for your loss. You’re a champion to take time for your family. I agree with the comments to those who would use this occasion to insult. Very disappointing.

  47. grabyouranklesbecausehereitcomesagain says: Sep 14, 2011 3:11 PM

    If PFT had a shred of integrity they would ban the people who thumbs downed a post offering condolences. Your move PFT.

  48. holeinone09 says: Sep 14, 2011 3:13 PM

    Sympathy to the Urlacher family from a Steeler fan. Too young.

  49. jackfnburton says: Sep 14, 2011 3:14 PM

    See? The big guy does have a heart.

    Poor guy. That’s a tough one.

  50. angelosdraftboard says: Sep 14, 2011 3:16 PM

    I’m glad to see he has his priorities straight and is with his family. If it was Brett Favre he would miss the funeral to play in the next game. Then all the dbags at ESPN and the networks can gush about what a “warrior” he is for playing a game instead of being with his family when they need them.

  51. bostonbias says: Sep 14, 2011 3:22 PM

    Sorry sorry to hear this news. 51 is so yougg.

    It is hard to believe how classless some people are in their posts. They hide behind their computers, and they know if they said that in public there would be consequences.

  52. wyrdawg says: Sep 14, 2011 3:23 PM

    Condolences to Sheri, Brian and Casey. Your mom was a great person and she cheered every one of you… every day.

  53. pacificamjr says: Sep 14, 2011 3:23 PM

    Condolances to you sir.

    -Lions Nation

  54. gridassassin says: Sep 14, 2011 3:24 PM

    It’s never easy losing a parent – and it’s probably more tragic seeing as she was only 51.

    God bless the Urlacher and Lenard families.

  55. vadog says: Sep 14, 2011 3:29 PM

    As a Viking fan, I can admire and appreciate the way Urlacher plays the game of football. He goes about it the right way. I’m sure that his mom gave him the values that have allowed him to be a hard worker and succesful person! I, too, wish Brian and his family peace and blessing as they mourn such a significant loss.

  56. nineroutsider says: Sep 14, 2011 3:35 PM

    Condolences to the Urlacher family…sooner or later we all have to go through it, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

    51 is far too young…

  57. skins716 says: Sep 14, 2011 3:37 PM

    Redskin Nation will mourn with you, condolences.

  58. acmepacker says: Sep 14, 2011 3:38 PM

    Wow! That’s tough to take. Condolences and regards from Packerland. Brian, I wish you and your family peace.

  59. jimmysee says: Sep 14, 2011 3:43 PM

    Damn!
    :-(

  60. claymania52 says: Sep 14, 2011 3:45 PM

    For those of using this as platform to slam the bears get a life. I hope that Urlacher gets the closure he needs and everything goes alright.

  61. falconsfan says: Sep 14, 2011 3:46 PM

    Ms. Lendard did something a lot of parents fail at, she raised a great Son. Not just a physically gifted athlete but an all around good guy.

    Best Wishes Mr. Urlacher! I hope your Mom got to see your performance against the Falcons this past Sunday it was a great one.

  62. phreakin says: Sep 14, 2011 3:46 PM

    Sad to hear the news. 51 is young. I lost my father when he was 51 as well. The only positive was we knew it was coming so we had time to say goodbye. Wish Brian and his family the best.

    And to the stooges posting hateful messages, how sad and pathetic is your life that you’ll do anything for attention?

  63. kayotiicdat says: Sep 14, 2011 3:46 PM

    This is terrible news, my prayers will be out to his family and may his mother rest in piece.. Keep your head up Brian.

  64. jessethegreat says: Sep 14, 2011 3:51 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama had the rest of his mob/union brotheren put her with the fishes…. he had to be irate getting shown up by the Green Bay Packers this past year…. so this would provide good inspiration to Urlacher to not let it happen again this year.

  65. frostbelt says: Sep 14, 2011 3:52 PM

    I feel terrible for Brian. She was so young. Rest in Peace.

  66. frostbelt says: Sep 14, 2011 3:55 PM

    R.I.P. from Bills nation

  67. stavreafavre says: Sep 14, 2011 3:57 PM

    Sorry for that; I’m sure she was rightfully proud of her son. Definitely a time to put the snarky comments away and just remember we’re all pretty much the same at the most basic level. Family is everything and should be treasured every day.

  68. mj5150 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:01 PM

    From a Vikings fan- football is just a game- life is not- my deepest sympathy to the Urlacher family

  69. nineroutsider says: Sep 14, 2011 4:06 PM

    Sometimes I decide to read these comments…then I quickly remember why I don’t. Rome is burning hotter and faster than I thought…

  70. kevpft says: Sep 14, 2011 4:06 PM

    So young and so sudden. That must make something inherently difficult even more difficult. Reminds me to do all I can to stay around for my son as long as I can, fates willing.

    Sincerest condolences to him and his family from this Cowboys fan, son, and father. I hope he finds strength from all of his friends and teammates and solace in his work.

  71. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 14, 2011 4:09 PM

    Condolences from Bengal Nation. I hope she was able to see her son’s game last week, as Urlacher was his usual amazing self.

    It’s an unparalleled loss. I’ve been through it myself and I wouldn’t wish that kind of anguish on anyone.

  72. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Sep 14, 2011 4:10 PM

    He had one of his better games over the past few years this past weekend, he will be on a mission when he gets back I’m sure.

  73. canesfan56 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:16 PM

    God rest her soul. As an MD I am always saddened when young people (51 is young to me) die suddenly. If you are over 50 get a stress test, careful exam by a good doctor, and a colonoscopy.

  74. thridandlong says: Sep 14, 2011 4:19 PM

    A thumbs down to a man grieving the loss of his Mother?!?!?!

    What’s wrong with you…you may not like him as a player, but how about a bit of compassion and respect for his loss.

    Sometimes it is best to remain silent and be considered a fool than to speak and remove all doubt

    Don’t think you are immune to this….Karma .

    Rest In Peace Mrs. Urlacher !!!!

  75. lanflfan says: Sep 14, 2011 4:19 PM

    Very sorry to hear, my thoughts are with Brian and his family.

  76. meeky1985 says: Sep 14, 2011 4:21 PM

    it’s has to be crushing to lose your mother or anyone close to you.. another example of why we should cherrish every second God blesses us with cause you never know when your time is up

  77. golfballwackerguy says: Sep 14, 2011 4:23 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    From a Green Bay Packers fan.

    Friends and Family are far bigger then football

    Rest In Peace Mrs. Urlacher

  78. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2011 4:29 PM

    Respect to Brain Urlacher on this sad occasion.

  79. waitingguilty says: Sep 14, 2011 4:37 PM

    So young…RIP and best wishes to the family.

  80. jpiro says: Sep 14, 2011 4:51 PM

    Terrible news. 51 is way, way too young. This Bears fan sends his best to the entire Urlacher family.

  81. wayupsouth says: Sep 14, 2011 4:58 PM

    Who Dat Nation sends prayers and condolences.

  82. wannabear says: Sep 14, 2011 5:00 PM

    My family shares this grief with you Brian. May she rest in eternal peace. Amen

  83. Deb says: Sep 14, 2011 5:00 PM

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Brian on the tragic loss of his mother at such a young age. May God be with your family and comfort you at this terrible time.

  84. berbes says: Sep 14, 2011 5:05 PM

    I’m guessing the better part of the thumbs-down folk ran down their daddy’s leg.

  85. balzosteel says: Sep 14, 2011 5:07 PM

    Despite Urlacher’s love for the Bears and mine for the Packers, we both have in common losing our mothers early in life. I know what this man is going through right now, and I hope his heavy heart heals soon!

  86. dfeltz says: Sep 14, 2011 5:10 PM

    Terribly sad. Coming off such a high and then having to bury your mother. My condolences.

  87. thevikes85 says: Sep 14, 2011 5:19 PM

    My condolences to the entire family.51 is way too young.Rest in peace.

  88. vikescry1 says: Sep 14, 2011 5:22 PM

    As a packers fan I hate Urlacher, but only a total douch wouldn’t have some respect. my condolence’s to the urlacher family.

  89. whiskeyontherox says: Sep 14, 2011 5:32 PM

    Prayers and condolences from Cowboy Nation. RIP Ms. Leynard.

  90. greenbay4ever says: Sep 14, 2011 5:32 PM

    The only Bear I respect. I feel for you 54. Thoughts and prayers.

  91. wafflestomp says: Sep 14, 2011 5:44 PM

    Thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to Mr. Urlacher with the rest of my Packer brethren.

    I too, have lost my mother, though at a very young age. Regardless, it is a very trying thing to get through under any circumstance.

    Just a small reminder to all of us here at PFT. Life is short, enjoy those moments with your loved ones today, tomorrows are never promised.

  92. pencepost says: Sep 14, 2011 5:45 PM

    Tough news for Urlacher. I’m sure his family needs him there. And I’m sure he’s going to unload some fierce emotional hits on unfortunate Saints players this Sunday.

  93. johnnyb216 says: Sep 14, 2011 5:46 PM

    How is it possible to thumbs down somebody giving condolences to somebody who lost their mother? Unbelievable.

  94. 11wheatd says: Sep 14, 2011 5:53 PM

    how can people dislike “RIP” and “my prayers are with you and your family”…??? i mean have something respect my goodness. His mother died, there are other things in the world more important then football. It’s like some of you don’t even have a life outside football which is pathetic. My prayers are with you and your family Brian.

  95. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Sep 14, 2011 5:59 PM

    Hang in there brother.

  96. ktenn88 says: Sep 14, 2011 6:20 PM

    Sad to hear about, but always good to see a player put his family above anything, and a team that fully supports it.
    Condolences from the Raider Nation.

  97. ragingmouse says: Sep 14, 2011 6:22 PM

    “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment”…John 5:28,29…

    Just an encouraging thought…

  98. garyman1 says: Sep 14, 2011 6:51 PM

    As a Packer fan, I just want to pay my respects to Brian for the loss of his Mother. Sorry for your loss (and far too early).

  99. 1bbfan says: Sep 14, 2011 7:01 PM

    RIP Mrs Urlacher

  100. jdsteady says: Sep 14, 2011 7:18 PM

    Thoughts and prayers to the Urlacher family. 51 is far too young. R.I.P.

  101. papertiger418 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:09 PM

    Sorry for your loss. RIP

  102. allthin7 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:20 PM

    @bqrney, why must inane politics be introduced to everything? You and your ilk are the problem. I’m not a Bears’ fan, but respect Urlacher as player and person, and mourn his loss along with him. Oh, and I’m not a Conservative.

  103. managod777 says: Sep 14, 2011 9:24 PM

    My prayers and thoughts go out to the Urlacher family. As Chicago Bears middle linebackers go, he’s a class act! God bless him. It’s so tough to lose mom. 51-so young!

  104. Deb says: Sep 14, 2011 9:34 PM

    @bqrney …

    I just got home from church and am not Godless. How sad that you think people who disagree with you politically have no feelings for others’ grief. Guess I need to pray for your pitiful soul.

  105. alan3008 says: Sep 14, 2011 11:48 PM

    Brian,

    Condolences to you and your family. It was way too early. God bless.

  106. thridandlong says: Sep 15, 2011 7:56 AM

    As a die hard Bear fan of 45 plus years, this is very touching to see die hard fans of other teams support Brian and share their condolences.

    Thanks

    Peace all !

  107. bricktopsports says: Sep 15, 2011 9:22 AM

    Mr. Urlacher,

    You set the example for all young athletes to follow. Redskins fans will pray for you and your family during this tough time.

    God bless,
    Brendan

  108. georgelovespepper says: Sep 15, 2011 11:55 AM

    how are people giving thumbs down for condolence messages? people are messed up! who cares if you like the Bears or not, he’s too young to lose his mother and 51 is too young to die.

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