PRO CAREER: Selected to eight career Pro Bowls while registering 1,691 career tackles, the most ever in Bears history... Named 2005 AP Defensive Player of the Year and finished fourth in voting in 2006... Became the second Bears player to be named Defensive Player of the Year (Mike Singletary, 1985, 1988) in franchise history and just the fifth player in NFL history to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in their career... Ranks 7th on team's career sacks list (first kept as a stat in 1982) with 41.5, which is also the most all-time amongst Bears LBs... Leads all NFL linebackers with 14 INTs since 2006 and is tied for second amongst LBs with 21 INTs since entering the league in 2000... 21 INTs are third most in Bears history among LBs... Has recorded over 100 tackles in 11-of-12 seasons, including a career-high 214 in 2002, the most ever by a Bear since tackle totals began being recorded in 1971
PRO CAREER: Selected to eight career Pro Bowls while registering 1,691 career tackles, the most ever in Bears history... Named 2005 AP Defensive Player of the Year and finished fourth in voting in 2006... Became the second Bears player to be named Defensive Player of the Year (Mike Singletary, 1985, 1988) in franchise history and just the fifth player in NFL history to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in their career... Ranks 7th on team's career sacks list (first kept as a stat in 1982) with 41.5, which is also the most all-time amongst Bears LBs... Leads all NFL linebackers with 14 INTs since 2006 and is tied for second amongst LBs with 21 INTs since entering the league in 2000... 21 INTs are third most in Bears history among LBs... Has recorded over 100 tackles in 11-of-12 seasons, including a career-high 214 in 2002, the most ever by a Bear since tackle totals began being recorded in 1971... His 11 seasons of 100+ tackles are most in franchise history, surpassing Hall of Famer Mike Singletary... Became the first player in franchise history to have a 90-plus yard fumble return for a TD (90 yards at ATL, 10/7/01) and an 80-plus yard INT return for a score (85 yards vs. GB, 12/23/07)... Has contributed to Chicago allowing the fewest points in the NFL in two seasons, including 2005 when the Bears 202 points allowed was the fewest since the franchise-record 187 in 1986... First Chicago defender to lead the team in tackles in his initial 4 NFL seasons and was the first Bear to pace the team in tackles for 4 straight seasons since Singletary did so 5 straight years (1988-92)... Fifth player in franchise history to receive Pro Bowl selections in each of his first 4 NFL seasons (Rick Casares, Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers)... Ranks 2nd on Bears all-time list for career fumble return yards with 173 on 14 career recoveries, trailing Mike Brown (221 yards)... Third Bear ever named NFL Defensive Rookie-of-the-Year behind Mark Carrier (1990) and Wally Chambers (1973)... Second Bears rookie ever to lead team in tackles (Doug Plank, 1975)... Credited with 57 tackles, 2 INTs and 2.0 sacks in 7 postseason games (7 starts).
HONORS & AWARDS: 2011 - Pro Bowl; Ed Block Courage Award; NFC Defensive Player of the Week (9/11). 2010 - Pro Bowl; Second-team All-Pro (AP); NFC Defensive Player of the Month (12/10). 2009 - All-Decade (ESPN). 2007 - Brian Piccolo Award. 2006 - Pro Bowl; All-Pro (AP, The Sporting News); All-NFL (Pro Football Weekly); All-NFC (Pro Football Weekly). 2005 - Pro Bowl; NFL Defensive Player of the Year (AP, Pro Football Weekly); All-Pro (AP); All-NFL (Pro Football Weekly); All-NFC (Pro Football Weekly). 2004 - NFC Defensive Player of the Week (9/19); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (10/31). 2003 - Pro Bowl. 2002 - Pro Bowl; All-Pro (AP); All-NFL (Pro Football Weekly); All-NFC (Pro Football Weekly); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (9/15). 2001 - Pro Bowl; All-Pro (AP); All-NFL (Pro Football Weekly); NFL Defensive Player of the Year (Football Digest); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (10/7); NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (12/23). 2000 - Pro Bowl; Defensive Rookie of the Year (AP); NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month (10/2000); Brian Piccolo Award.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered NFL as first-round selection (ninth overall) by Chicago in the 2000 NFL Draft... Signed contract with Bears (6/16/00)... Signed 9-year contract with Chicago (6/6/03)... Signed 1-year extension (7/22/08). SIGNED through 2012
2011 SEASON: Named to eighth career and second consecutive Pro Bowl, after starting all 16 games and compiling 135 tackles, 10 TFLs, 3 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries, including 1 for a TD, and 7 PBUs... 3 INTs were tied for third most among NFL LBs... Led or tied for team lead in tackles on 5 occasions. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010 - Named to Pro Bowl after leading the Bears in tackles (146), TFLs (11), PBUs (13) and fumble recoveries (3)... Credited with 9.5 stuffs - according to STATS, LLC - which ranked fourth in NFL... Finished third on Chicago with 4.0 sacks, adding 1 INT and 2 forced fumbles... Started all 16 regular games and both playoff contests... Finished with 14 tackles (11 solo), 2 TFLs, 1.0 sack and 1 INT in the playoffs... One of four players to record both an INT and a sack in the 2010 postseason. 2009 - Gathered 4 tackles, 1 PBU and 1 QB hit in the first game of the season, but left the contest with a wrist injury and was placed on Injured Reserve (9/14)... Appeared in just 1 game. 2008 - Topped 100 tackles for the ninth consecutive season, starting all 16 games at MLB and posting 107 tackles (69 solo)... Finished second on the team in TFLs (10)... Collected 2 INTs to go along with 6 PBUs and 1 forced fumble... Led or tied for the team lead in tackles on three occasions. 2007 - Led the Bears with 158 tackles... Became just the third Bear since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic, to have at least 5.0 sacks and 5 INTs in a single season... Led the club in interceptions and was tied for the lead in PBUs (5)... Tallied a career-high 7 takeaways (5 INTs, 2 FR)... Led or tied for team lead in tackles 6 times... Started all 16 contests at MLB for the third consecutive season and sixth time in his career. 2006 - Earned 6th career Pro Bowl selection after leading the Bears in tackles for the 6th time in career and 2nd consecutive year with 185, the 2nd-highest total of his career... Also paced Chicago with 12 TFLs while finishing tied for 2nd in QB Hits (7), 3rd in PBUs (8) and tied for 3rd in INTs (3); Added 1 forced fumble which was returned by Charles Tillman 40 yards for a TD at ARZ (10/16) and 1 fumble recovery vs. SF (10/29) which led to a TD... His 185 tackles according to coach-reviewed film for all NFL teams paced the entire League... Started all 16 contests for 5th time in his career while also starting all 3 postseason games... Led or tied for team lead in tackles during 8 regular season contests... Recorded a career-high 25 tackles at ARZ (10/16)... Paced Bears during the postseason with 6 PBUs including career single-game-high 4 in NFC Championship Game vs. NO (1/21/07)... Totaled 23 postseason tackles (2nd on team) with 1 TFL and 1 QB Hit. 2005 - Named NFL Defensive Player-of-the-Year and first-team All-Pro after starting all 16 regular season games and 1 postseason contest at MLB on a Bears defense that allowed the fewest points and second-fewest total yards in the NFL... Received 34-of-50 votes in AP voting... Leading defensive vote-getter for the Pro Bowl, his fifth career selection and fourth as a starter, after tallying 171 tackles to lead Chicago... Led Bears with 10 TFLs, ranked 2nd with 6 sacks... Paced team in tackles in 6 games. 2004 - Recorded 105 tackles, and named a first-alternate for the Pro Bowl despite missing the first 7 games of his career due to 3 separate injuries... Led all MLBs in NFL with 5.5 sacks while ranking 2nd on Bears... Inactive Games 3-4 with hamstring injury, Games 10-11 due to leg injury, Game 14 with a hamstring injury before finishing the season on injured reserve... Paced team in tackles in 5 games... Inactive due to a hamstring injury at MIN (9/26), the first missed game of his career while snapping a string of 64 straight starts... Left game at JAX (12/12) late in 4th quarter with hamstring injury... Placed on Injured Reserve (12/22/04). 2003 - Started third straight Pro Bowl at MLB and played in fourth consecutive as Chicago's leader with 153 total tackles, 112 solos and 11 TFLs while holding or tying for the team-lead in tackles in 9 games. 2002 - Led all NFC defensive players in Pro Bowl voting to earn starting MLB assignment after registering career-high and Bear-record 214 total tackles and 19 TFLs... Ranked 2nd in NFL with 152 tackles according to play-by-play stats, 4 behind Miami's Zach Thomas... Started all 16 games while ranking among team leaders with 4.5 sacks (3rd) and 1 INT (3rd)... Recorded double-digit tackles in every game, leading team in tackles 14 times. 2001 - Finished 5th in NFL MVP voting, the highest of any defensive player, after leading Bears with 148 tackles and ranking among team leaders with 6 sacks (3rd) and 3 INTs (T-2nd)... Selected for first Pro Bowl start in his second trip to the game as NFC's top vote-getter for MLBs after starting all 16 games for the first time in this career... Named NFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week after catching go-ahead 27-yard TD pass from Brad Maynard on fake FG in 4th quarter at WASH (12/23). 2000 - Named NFL Defensive Rookie-of-the-Year and a unanimous all-rookie team honoree after registering team highs with 165 total tackles, 8 sacks, 103 solos and 7 TFLs while starting the final 14 games... Voted a first-alternate to the Pro Bowl and selected to team following an injury to Detroit's Stephen Boyd... Bears recipient of the NFLPA's Unsung Hero Award... Tied for 2nd on team with 2 INTs while leading team in tackles in 10 of final 13 contests... Recorded 2 tackles as reserve OLB in NFL debut at MIN (9/3)... Switched to MLB for first career start vs. NYG (9/17) and posted his first career sack to begin a 5-game sack streak, the third-longest rookie streak in NFL history and tied for the longest rookie streak in Bears history... NFC Defensive Rookie-of-the-Month award earned for 43 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 1 fumble recovery in 4 October games... Topped 100-tackle plateau in season's 10th game with season-high 16 tackles at BUF (11/12), faster than all but 2 Bears since 1993... Recorded 2 tackles for NFC squad in Pro Bowl debut.
COLLEGE: Versatile player for New Mexico (1996-99) where he played OLB and FS on defense, WR on offense and returned kickoffs and punts... Two-year starter who finished 3rd on school's all-time charts with 442 tackles... Added 3 INTs, 11 sacks and 11 forced fumbles... Of his 7 catches, 6 went for TDs... As a senior, earned first-team All-America selection by Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America and Associated Press; second-team choice by The Sporting News and Football News... All-Mountain Conference first-team and Player-of-the-Year choice... Among 3 finalists for Jim Thorpe Award, given to top DB in college football... First-team all-Mountain West selection as a junior when he started every game at FS and led nation with a school-record 178 tackles... Majored in criminology.
PERSONAL: Had jersey number, 11, retired during "Brian Urlacher Day" ceremonies at Lovington (NM) H.S. in February, 2001... All-state selection at WR and FS led club to 14-0 record and state title as senior while catching 61 passes for 15 TDs, returning 4 punts and 2 kickoffs for TDs and rushing for 2 more TDs... Also all-district in basketball... Active supporter of the Special Olympics in the Chicagoland area and in his home state of New Mexico... Has 2 daughters, Pamela and Riley, and 1 son, Kennedy... Younger brother, Casey, played football at Lake Forest College and spent time on Bears roster before the 2003 season; veteran of 2 seasons in Arena Football League2... Donated football and weightlifting equipment to Lovington H.S. in 2002... Supplied shoes for each boys and girls sports programs at LHS in 2006...Hosts an annual charity basketball game at Lovington High benefiting the high school.