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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25 May 1978
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Bears great Brian Urlacher now a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer
Chicago Times - 16 days
The greatest Bears player since their iconic Super Bowl XX team more than three decades ago received the highest NFL honor Saturday when Brian Urlacher was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Urlacher and the Ravens’ Ray Lewis were the players in the conversation for the best middle linebacker...
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Brian Urlacher: 'I changed the way middle linebacker was played'
Chicago Times - 17 days
For a second, forget whether Brian Urlacher will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot. A less pressing question on the minds of many Chicagoans is easier to answer: Whenever Urlacher gets enshrined, will the bronze bust in Canton, Ohio, reflect him with or without hair that...
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Brian Urlacher: The last great Bears middle linebacker was built for the 21st century
Chicago Times - 19 days
Brian Urlacher arrived as the Bears’ first draft choice in 2000, signaling the new millennium in ways coach Dick Jauron had trouble imagining. About 30 years earlier, Jauron played safety, the same position Urlacher played in college. Yet Jauron was four inches shorter and about 70 pounds lighter...
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Lewis, Urlacher, Moss among 15 Hall of Fame finalists
ABC News - about 2 months
Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss among finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
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Brian Urlacher hopeful about Mitch Trubisky, Bears and his Hall of Fame chances
Chicago Times - 6 months
Curiosity about Mitch Trubisky late Saturday night turned our attention southwest, inside a massive chrome stadium resembling a space station plopped in the desert, where a Bears-Cardinals exhibition game allowed football scientists a closer look at the creature known as an NFL franchise quarterback. ...
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Grandson of '63 Bears starter savors family tradition with Patriots
Chicago Times - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 3 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 3 years
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Brian Urlacher 'not sitting around waiting for phone call' from Bears
Chicago Tribune - about 3 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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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brian Urlacher
  • 2016
    Age 37
    Urlacher married Jennipher Frost, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model on March 13, 2016.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    On September 16, 2014, Urlacher resigned from the role to spend more time with his family.
  • 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.
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    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.
    On May 22, 2013, Urlacher announced his retirement via his Twitter account.
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    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.
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    Urlacher became an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2013.
  • 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.
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    In August 2012, McCarthy announced that she and Urlacher had ended their relationship.
    In April 2012, Urlacher began dating model and actress Jenny McCarthy.
    In 2012, Urlacher was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award, given to those who showed a commitment to sportsmanship and courage.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    Urlacher dislocated his wrist in the 2009 season opener against the Packers.
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  • 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.
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    Urlacher was also selected to the 2006 Pro Bowl, but declined the position on account of an injury.
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    Urlacher played his second career playoff game against the Carolina Panthers on January 15, 2006.
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  • 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.
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    Urlacher further distinguished himself as one of the Bears' most productive playmakers during the 2001 season.
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    Football fans across the nation also voted Urlacher to play at the 2001 Pro Bowl as an alternate middle linebacker.
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  • 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.
    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.
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    He played his final collegiate game at the 2000 Senior Bowl, where he was one of the game's top players.
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    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.
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    The Bears selected Urlacher with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.
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  • 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.
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    After the 1999 season, he was one of the finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, and finished twelfth on the Heisman Trophy ballot.
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  • 1997
    Age 18
    The team finished with winning records during Urlacher's first two years and even made a trip to the 1997 Bowl.
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  • 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.
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  • 1978
    Born on May 25, 1978.
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