Report: Bears attend funeral of LB's mom

Brian Urlacher (Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE)
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher's mother died suddenly this week.
Share This Story


A surprisingly large contingent of Chicago Bears players flew to Lovington, N.M., on Saturday for the funeral of linebacker Brian Urlacher's 51-year-old mother Lavoyda Lenard, who died unexpectedly Monday at her home in Texas.

Bears at a glance

Chicago Bears
Looking for more info on the Bears? Get the inside slant, stats, scores, schedules and more scoops right here.

Team chairman George McCaskey, president Ted Phillips, general manager Jerry Angelo, coach Lovie Smith and linebackers' coach Bob Babich were always expected to attend the service. But defensive end Julius Peppers hired a private plane to take him and a number of other teammates as well, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, citing a source.

A Bears spokesman told the Chicago Tribune that Urlacher's teammates Chris Harris, Pat Mannelly, Anthony Adams, Charles Tillman and Israel Idonije were among those in attendance.

Urlacher spoke at the funeral, thanking his "two families" — his family and the Bears — a source told

The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker had left Chicago on Tuesday to be with his family, before returning to the team's practice facility Thursday.

He is expected to start Sunday against the Saints in New Orleans.

Tagged: Bears, Brian Urlacher

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

NFL Videos

Best Person in Sports: Keenan Lewis Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Saints CB Keenan Lewis hosts a back-to-school event, giving children medical ser...

NFL Roundtable: New York Jets Posted: Jul 14, 2014
They're a team with plenty to prove and a roster of players primed to get it don...

NFL Roundtable: Detroit Lions Posted: Jul 11, 2014
A team with so many weapons, is this the season that the Lions put together and ...

More Than Sports on MSN