Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Urlacher, Sosa Steal Show in Chicago.(Final)

Byline: Rick Wright Of the Journal

The Windy City has generated a tempest of sports news this week, with feel-good and feel-bad stories involving four of Chicago's broadest shoulders.

Sammy Sosa reluctantly bore the weight of the baseball world on his shoulders. Former Lovington Wildcat and New Mexico Lobo Brian Urlacher willingly assumed the weight of an NFL franchise on his.

Taking the feel-good story first: on Wednesday, Urlacher signed a nine-year contract with the Chicago Bears. As one might expect for a linebacker who has made three Pro Bowls in three seasons, the pact is for a ton of green: a reported total value of $56.65 million.

Yet, in re-upping with Chicago for what could prove to be the duration of his career, Urlacher gave up the opportunity to test the free-agent market. …

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