Brian Urlacher
American football player, linebacker, broadcaster
Brian Urlacher
Brian Keith Urlacher is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of New Mexico, where he was recognized as an All-American and became one of the school's most decorated athletes. The Chicago Bears chose him with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he has played his entire pro career for the Bears. Urlacher has established himself as one of the NFL's most productive defensive players.
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Grandson of '63 Bears starter savors family tradition with Patriots
Chicago Times - 20 days
On the Friday before Super Bowl XLI between the Bears and Colts, an Indianapolis eighth-grader wore his No. 54 Brian Urlacher jersey to school, putting loyalty ahead of popularity. "Everybody else was wearing Peyton Manning jerseys,'' Patriots rookie guard Ted Karras recalled. "But I loved the...
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With Shea McClellin’s departure, Kyle Fuller enters the spotlight
Chicago Times - 6 months
The great puzzle of Shea McClellin's Bears career was what do with the guy. Make him a defensive end? Let him stand up as an outside linebacker? Move him inside as a halfhearted successor to Brian Urlacher? The Bears tried it all and never really figured out McClellin, their 2012 first-round pick. ...
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Hair down: Trolls not done with Brian Urlacher's new do
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Brian Urlacher got tired of Lance Briggs and other Bears teammates poking fun at his bald head, the former linebacker told 120 Sports, but little did he know that his hair transplantation would make him the mane attraction of social media trolls. Oh, no one's cracking jokes at Urlacher's expense...
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Bears legend Brian Urlacher has hair now, and he looks ... different
LATimes - about 1 year
Lots of NFL news this week. The playoff field is finally set, with 12 teams ready to begin the road to Super Bowl 50 this weekend. Several other organizations have made some tough decisions in the last couple of days as to who will, or won't, be leading the way from now on. And Brian Urlacher has...
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Around town: Brian Urlacher recalls mom's 'hyper' demeanor at draft; Kevin White parties at Shrine
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Mothers have a knack for making the NFL draft experience more emotional for the players involved. Even the most macho football players melt at the sight of their mothers crying tears of joy, including Bears legend and all around tough guy Brian Urlacher.
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Brian Urlacher, others venerate late Bears great Doug Buffone
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
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Brian Urlacher 'not sitting around waiting for phone call' from Bears
Chicago Tribune - about 2 years
Brian Urlacher spoke to teenagers about his middle school experiences Tuesday, but the former Bears linebacker had plenty to say afterward about his time in the NFL.
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Bears' hiring of John Fox deserves approval from fans, Brian Urlacher
Chicago Times - about 2 years
Like so many Bears fans, Brian Urlacher doubted his favorite team finally could get it right.
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The Bizarre Food Obsessions of Pro Athletes
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
by Belle Cushing Go ahead and credit the pre-game sugar rush for the Seattle Seahawks's win last Sunday. Running back Marshawn Terrell Lynch, a.k.a "Beast Mode," has not kept his love of Skittles a secret, and it was announced last week that the running back has just signed a sponsorship deal with his favorite candy. It's the first time Skittles has formally paid an athlete, though not the first time the company has doled out swag to its famous fans. Beast Mode already has his own Skittles vending machine and some hand-painted Skittles cleats. And now 12th Men everywhere can get Skittles' special "Seattle Mix," which includes only blue and green candies. On the other side of the Super Bowl was Peyton Manning, the Denver Bronco who eats a very reasonable diet of grilled chicken and vegetables before every game. We get it -- this is his job, his body's a temple, yada yada yada -- but since that sort of restraint is no fun at all, here's a look at other pro athlete's food obsessions ...
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Super Bowl 2014: All the Details on the Stars, and Biggest Parties
US Magazine - about 3 years
Football, parties, and wings! The 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII is days away, with fans dusting off their favorite team jerseys in anticipation for the big game. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are set to go head-to-head for the championship at MetLife Stadium in NYC suburb East Rutherford, N.J. -- but first, there's some fun to be had, with plenty of boldfaced football lovers joining in. Here, Us Weekly rounds up just a few of the Super Bowl's hottest parties, and the stars expected to attend. PHOTOS: Celebrities dating athletes Thursday, Jan. 30 Fox Sports 1 Super Bowl Bash Almost game time! Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Jason Biggs, Rebecca Minkoff, Gavin Degraw, Randy Mass, Brian Urlacher, Regis Philbin, CC Sabathia, and Kasey Kahne are set to attend Fox's big shindig before the big weekend. Kings of Leon is also on the guest list. Super Bowl Blitz Bowl Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler are expected to attend. Bootsy Bellows New York Takeover insi ...
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Urlacher sounds catty -- and correct
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Thank you, Brian Urlacher.    
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Urlacher gets offer to work with Smith's Bucs
Chicago Times - about 3 years
NEW YORK — After one year out of football, Brian Urlacher has an invitation to get back in the league for a short time.     
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Here's What It Means When Peyton Manning Yells 'Omaha'
Business Insider - about 3 years
Peyton Manning yelled "OMAHA" before 44 of his team's 70 plays last week against San Diego, and he's back at it in today's AFC championship game. No one knows exactly what it means. When asked about it at his press conference, Manning gave a sarcastic anti-answer. But over the past week, a bunch of different people from the NFL world have offered explanations that give us a rough idea of what Manning means when he says "Omaha." Traditionally, "Omaha" lets the offense know that the ball will be snapped on the next sound. Manning isn't the first person to use "Omaha" has a pre-snap call. Tom Brady used to yell it all the time, but started saying "Alpha" instead after other NFL players decoded the meaning of the word from watching film. Eli Manning famously used it so often in a 2009 game against Dallas that NBC's Chris Collinsworth said he was "tipping" the snap during the broadcast. It's simple. Manning yells something like, "Omaha ... hike" and the ball is snapped on "hike." ...
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Brian Urlacher performs in the Goodman Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol'
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Actors are used to hearing "break a leg!" before a performance, but those words strike terror in the heart of a professional football player.    
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Brian Urlacher to appear in Goodman Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol'
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Brian Urlacher is ready to tackle a holiday classic. The Fox Sports 1 analyst and retired Bear will make a one-night-only cameo Dec. 27 in the Goodman Theatre’s 36th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol.” Urlacher will appear alongside 17-year-old Lemont resident Kenneth Schumacher from Make-A Wish Illinois.     
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Urlacher
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    Urlacher married Jennipher Frost, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model on March 13, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details He also enjoys golfing in his spare time, and during an episode of AT&T's Home Turf, Urlacher revealed a room in his mansion containing a plethora of golf paraphernalia. When home, Urlacher revealed that he also enjoys watching the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and HBO's Entourage. Urlacher enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, including hip hop, rock, and country music. Urlacher has also been spokesperson for several companies. Sega Sports selected Urlacher to appear on the cover of NFL 2K3, while other companies, such as Nike, McDonald's, Old Spice, and Vitamin Water, have featured him in several television advertisements and promotions. Urlacher is of Russian German descent. His great-grandfather, Lucas Urlacher, was born into a Black Sea German family in an area that today belongs to Ukraine.
  • 2015
    Age 36
    In 2015, Urlacher told ESPN that he still respected the Bears organization and front office, but has yet to speak to Emery, who was fired in 2014.
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  • 2014
    Age 35
    In December 2014, Urlacher participated in the USO Chairman's Holiday tour, which provided entertainment to US troops in five countries around the world.
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    On September 16, 2014, Urlacher resigned from the role to spend more time with his family.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    His younger brother, Casey, had a brief career in the Arena Football League, and was later elected mayor of Mettawa, Illinois in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2005, Urlacher filed suit to establish paternity of his son Kennedy. Genetic testing was completed and proved that he is Kennedy's father. Kennedy's mother, Tyna Robertson, was already well-known to the media, having made claims of sexual assault against famed dancer Michael Flatley and a doctor from Naperville, Illinois.
    In July 2013, Urlacher announced that he will be an analyst for Fox Sports 1 on Fox Football Daily with Jay Glazer and Curt Menefee; he had been courted by NFL Network but decided on Fox Sports.
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    On May 22, 2013, Urlacher announced his retirement via his Twitter account.
    More Details Hide Details In 182 games in the NFL, Urlacher started all but two, the third most in franchise history behind Walter Payton (184) and Olin Kreutz (183), recording a team-record 1,779 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles. In 2002, Urlacher appeared on Wheel of Fortune, and won over $47,000 for charity. Urlacher has appeared in several commercials for McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Comcast, Nike, Campbell's Chunky soup, Old Spice, and Glacéau. He also shared the spotlight with Peyton Manning in a MasterCard commercial at a spa. Nike also aired special commercials about Urlacher's high school career containing clips and commentary of plays he made. However, Urlacher later stated that he feels "uncomfortable" appearing in commercials. He was also the cover athlete and spokesperson for Sega Sports' NFL 2K3. During media day before Super Bowl XLI Urlacher wore a hat promoting Glacéau vitamin water, a non-NFL approved sponsor, for which he was fined US$100,000.
    On March 20, the Bears announced that Urlacher will not return in 2013 after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new contract.
    More Details Hide Details Urlacher later belittled Phil Emery's contract negotiations with him as 'lip service', and stated the Bears had little intention to re-sign him.
    Urlacher became an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 33
    On August 14, 2012, Urlacher had an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his left knee, and has stated that his goal is to play in the 2012 season opener.
    More Details Hide Details He eventually practiced on September 3, and played against the Colts in the season opener, though he sat out the second half.
    In August 2012, McCarthy announced that she and Urlacher had ended their relationship.
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    In April 2012, Urlacher began dating model and actress Jenny McCarthy.
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    In 2012, Urlacher was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award, given to those who showed a commitment to sportsmanship and courage.
    More Details Hide Details During his award acceptance speech, Urlacher thanked the Bears for their support after his mother Lavoyda Lenard died. Against the Tennessee Titans in Week 9, Urlacher intercepted Matt Hasselbeck, and returned the pick 46 yards for a touchdown. Urlacher led the Bears in tackles until Week 13 against the Seahawks, in which he sustained a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    In 2011, Urlacher's mother Lavoyda Lenard Urlacher died of unreported causes, and Urlacher was granted his temporary leave from the team.
    More Details Hide Details However, Urlacher was able to return to the team in time for the season opener.
    In 2011 in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings, Urlacher sprained his MCL when teammate Major Wright and Vikings receiver Percy Harvin landed on him with 5:15 left in the game.
    More Details Hide Details Luckily for him, there was no ACL damage, according to his MRI. Urlacher was eventually named to the Pro Bowl, but didn't play due to the injury against Minnesota. Though he participated in the team's first four training camp practices, he hadn't participated in any other practices since July 31.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    With Peppers' help, Urlacher and the Bears improved to an 11–5 record in the 2010 NFL season, winning the NFC North and earning a first-round bye for the 2011 Playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details After leading the NFC in tackles (49) during the period, Urlacher was recognized as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month during December/January. It was the first time winning the award in his career. Urlacher was also voted to his seventh Pro Bowl for his stellar defensive efforts during the year.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    Urlacher dislocated his wrist in the 2009 season opener against the Packers.
    More Details Hide Details He underwent surgery, and went on to miss the remainder of the season. Urlacher had severely damaged a bone in his wrist that was adjacent to a major nerve. Urlacher was forced to wear a cast on his wrist for 12 weeks and spend a month in therapy to recover from the injury. The Bears began to struggle on offense and defense. As frustration built, Urlacher criticized the Bears offense, stating that the addition of quarterback Jay Cutler had changed the team's identity. The Bears, who have historically employed a strong running game, were beginning to rely more on the pass on offense. He went on to say, "Kyle Orton might not be the flashiest quarterback, but the guy is a winner, and that formula worked for us. I hate to say it, but that's the truth." Urlacher and Cutler later made amends. The Bears finished the season with a 7–9 record, and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2006
    Age 27
    He was elected to the 2006 All-Pro Team and 2007 Pro Bowl, while also earning consideration for the League's Defensive Player of the Year award.
    More Details Hide Details The Bears were unable to replicate their success in the 2007 season, and finished last in the NFC North. In the middle of the season, Urlacher admitted that he had been suffering from an arthritic back, but later claimed the ailment was not serious. Nevertheless, he finished the season on a high note, registering five interceptions, five sacks, one fumble recovery, 123 tackles, and a defensive touchdown. Following the season's conclusion, Urlacher received minor neck surgery to treat his arthritic back. During the off season, Urlacher revised his contract with the Bears, who granted him a $6 million signing bonus with a $1 million increase in salary each of the next four years.
    Urlacher was also selected to the 2006 Pro Bowl, but declined the position on account of an injury.
    More Details Hide Details The team continued their resurgence into the 2006 season, finishing with a record of 13–3. During the season, Urlacher had one of the best performances of his professional career against the Arizona Cardinals. He helped the Bears overcome a 20-point deficit by recording 19 tackles and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Teammate Devin Hester commented on Urlacher's performance, stating, "We watched the film and everybody was saying that he just turned into the Incredible Hulk the last four minutes of the game, just killing people and running over and tackling whoever had the ball." The Bears won the NFC Championship against the New Orleans Saints, 39–14, but lost Super Bowl XLI to the Indianapolis Colts, 29–17. Urlacher finished the season with 93 tackles and three forced fumbles.
    Urlacher played his second career playoff game against the Carolina Panthers on January 15, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded seven tackles and one interception in a 29–21 loss.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    Urlacher concluded the season with three interceptions, six sacks, and was a candidate for 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
    More Details Hide Details Football Digest named Urlacher their publication's defensive player of the year. The 2001 Chicago Bears won 13 games, marking the team's best finish since 1986, but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Unfortunately, the Bears’ 2001 winning season would be followed by three years of mediocrity. Before the 2004 NFL season, the Bears’ organization fired coach Dick Jauron and then hired Lovie Smith. After starting the season on the lower rungs of the NFC North, Urlacher suffered several injuries that sidelined him for a majority of the season. In 2005, Urlacher won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after playing for a defensive team that allowed the fewest points per game, and created the most turnovers in the National Football Conference. Urlacher himself recorded at least 10 tackles in six consecutive games, while finishing the season with a team high 121 tackles. He was also credited as one of the team's leaders, whose audibles and experience helped develop several younger teammates. Urlacher led the Bears to an 11-5 record, marking their best finish since 2001.
    Urlacher further distinguished himself as one of the Bears' most productive playmakers during the 2001 season.
    More Details Hide Details He had one of the best games of his career on October 7, against the Atlanta Falcons. Urlacher held Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who was well known for his scrambling abilities, to 18 rushing yards, and recorded a forced fumble and sack. He also returned one of Vick's fumbles for a 90-yard touchdown. Two weeks later, Urlacher helped set up a Bears comeback victory against the San Francisco 49ers by intercepting a pass, and later setting up a game winning touchdown return for Mike Brown, after causing 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens to lose control of a pass. He also caught a touchdown pass from punter Brad Maynard off a fake field goal attempt against the Washington Redskins in Week 14, which clinched a first-round bye.
    Football fans across the nation also voted Urlacher to play at the 2001 Pro Bowl as an alternate middle linebacker.
    More Details Hide Details Urlacher's successful rookie campaign served as the foundation for his professional career and reputation.
  • 2000
    Age 21
    Urlacher was considered one of the most talented collegiate prospects in the 2000 NFL Draft, and impressed spectators and analysts at the NFL Scouting Combine by bench pressing 225 pounds twenty-seven times, and completing the forty-yard dash in 4.57 seconds.
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    They awarded him with the Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2000, and held a special halftime ceremony to honor his success in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Urlacher was also the first person to be inducted into the University of New Mexico's Football Wall of Fame. On November 9, 2013, during halftime of New Mexico's game against Air Force, the school retired Urlacher's No. 44 jersey.
    He played his final collegiate game at the 2000 Senior Bowl, where he was one of the game's top players.
    More Details Hide Details Urlacher led the nation with 178 tackles during his junior year, and also set a school record for most tackles in a single season. He finished with the third most career tackles in the University of New Mexico's history. The school has honored Urlacher on several occasions.
    After winning the NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2000, he was elected to eight Pro Bowls, and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details His playing style, accomplishments and reputation have made him one of the team's most popular players. After retiring from playing football, he was briefly an analyst for Fox Sports 1. Urlacher was born to Bradley and Lavoyda Urlacher in Pasco, Washington, and his parents raised him with his younger brother Casey. After his parents separated, Lavoyda raised Urlacher and his siblings in Lovington, New Mexico.
    The Bears selected Urlacher with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Urlacher quickly established himself as one of the NFL's most productive defensive players.
  • 1999
    Age 20
    The Chicago Bears, who were in need of a defensive playmaker after having the 29th ranked defense in 1999, selected Urlacher in the first round, as the draft's ninth overall pick.
    More Details Hide Details He signed a five-year contract, which was worth nearly eight million dollars with a five and a half million dollar signing bonus, within two months of the draft. Dick Jauron, who was then the Bears' head coach, recognized Urlacher's versatility as a middle and outside linebacker, and appointed him as the team's starting strongside linebacker. However, Urlacher struggled to perform consistently in his first professional game, and lost his starting position to Rosevelt Colvin. Jauron left Urlacher on the sidelines during the following week, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shut out the Bears, 41–0. He managed to regain a starting spot on the Bears' roster, after Barry Minter, the team's veteran middle linebacker, was forced to miss the Week 3 game on account of an injury. Urlacher excelled at the middle linebacker position, and recorded 46 tackles, six sacks, and one interception in his next five starts. Not even a rib cage injury hindered his performance during this period, as Urlacher went on to win the league's Rookie Defensive Player of the Month in October. He led the Bears with 124 tackles and eight sacks, both of which surpassed the franchise's previous rookie records. Although the Bears finished with a disappointing 5–11 record, Urlacher received a number of individual accolades for his performance during the season. Many news organizations, such as the Associated Press and The Sporting News named him as the 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
    After the 1999 season, he was one of the finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, and finished twelfth on the Heisman Trophy ballot.
    More Details Hide Details Urlacher received All-American honors from Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America, and the Associated Press.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 18
    The team finished with winning records during Urlacher's first two years and even made a trip to the 1997 Insight.com Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details The team's success prompted Franchione to leave New Mexico in favor of Texas Christian University. His departure prompted the school to hire Rocky Long, a former coach at UCLA. Urlacher flourished under Long's tenure. Urlacher not only received more playing time, but also played a more versatile role on both offense and defense. Long converted Urlacher into a "Lobo-Back", a cross between a linebacker and free safety, and placed him in a 3-3-5 defense scheme. He spent significant time training with the team's defensive coordinator, Bronco Mendenhall, who helped Urlacher refine his skills as a defensive back. Long also used Urlacher as a return specialist and wide receiver throughout his final two years with the Lobos. Despite Long's extensive changes to the team's roster, formations, and work ethic, the Lobos' performance declined. However, Urlacher became one of the team's most productive players during this time. He finished his career with 442 tackles, three interceptions, 11 sacks and 11 forced fumbles. Outside of defense, he caught six touchdown passes, and returned five kicks for touchdowns.
  • 1996
    Age 17
    He spent his youth immersed in sports, and developed an interest in football, basketball, track and later table tennis; he graduated from Lovington High School in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details While his mother worked several jobs to keep her family afloat, Urlacher spent his teenage years playing sports for Lovington High School and training in weight rooms. The training helped Urlacher gain the speed, stamina, and strength he would need to solidify his football career. As he progressed through high school, Urlacher gained experience in all three phases of football. He saw playing time as a running back, wide receiver, return specialist, and defensive back. Urlacher led the Lovington High Wildcats to an undefeated 14–0 season, and a division 3-A state championship. He finished the season with twelve touchdown receptions, six touchdown returns, and two rushing touchdowns. He additionally merited state-recognized honors in football, as well as basketball. Lovington has since recognized Urlacher's accomplishments by retiring his high-school jersey number, and naming a holiday after him.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on May 25, 1978.
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