PRO CAREER: In 2011, became the ninth player in franchise history to be voted to 7 Pro Bowls... Just the fourth LB in franchise history to be selected to 7 straight Pro Bowls, joining Hall of Famers Dick Butkus, Bill George and Mike Singletary... 1,286 career tackles are third most in franchise history since 1971 when tackles were officially recorded for the first time... Led the team in tackles in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011 after finishing 2nd in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010... Also has collected 10.5 sacks, 13 INTs, 51 PBUs, 14 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries and 74 TFLs... Has started 137-of-140 career games played... Collected 100-plus tackles for eight straight seasons... Tied for 4th in team history with 3 career INTs returned for TDs, behind Charles Tillman (5), Mike Brown and Bennie McRae (4)
\PRO CAREER: In 2011, became the ninth player in franchise history to be voted to 7 Pro Bowls... Just the fourth LB in franchise history to be selected to 7 straight Pro Bowls, joining Hall of Famers Dick Butkus, Bill George and Mike Singletary... 1,286 career tackles are third most in franchise history since 1971 when tackles were officially recorded for the first time... Led the team in tackles in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011 after finishing 2nd in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010... Also has collected 10.5 sacks, 13 INTs, 51 PBUs, 14 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries and 74 TFLs... Has started 137-of-140 career games played... Collected 100-plus tackles for eight straight seasons... Tied for 4th in team history with 3 career INTs returned for TDs, behind Charles Tillman (5), Mike Brown and Bennie McRae (4)... He and Brian Urlacher were the first Bears linebackers to be selected to consecutive Pro Bowls together (2005 and 2006) since Wilber Marshall and Mike Singletary in 1987 and 1988... Over the last nine seasons, tied for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns (3) of any linebacker in the NFL... According to STATS, Inc., leads NFL in stuffs - a tackle of a rusher for negative yards - over the past nine seasons with 65.5... Became first linebacker in NFL history to return an interception for a score in each of his first 3 campaigns... Has 57 tackles including 4 TFLs, 1 INT and 2 PBUs in 6 career postseason starts.
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2011 - Pro Bowl; NFC Defensive Player of the Week (10/23). 2010 - Pro Bowl. 2009 - Pro Bowl; second-team All-Pro (AP); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (9/27). 2008 - Pro Bowl. 2007 - Pro Bowl. 2006 - Pro Bowl; second-team All-Pro (AP); All-Pro (The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated); All-NFC (Pro Football Weekly); 2005 - Pro Bowl; first-team All-Pro (AP).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered NFL as a third-round selection (68th overall) by Chicago in the 2003 NFL Draft... Signed contract with Bears (7/25/03)... Designated with the team's franchise tag for 2007 season... Signed 6-year contract with Chicago (3/7/08)... Signed 1-year extension with Bears (4/11/12). SIGNED through 2014
2011 SEASON: Paced the Bears in tackles (147) and finished third in TFLs (8), starting all 16 contests... Registered 2 forced fumbles, 1 INT and 3 PBUs... Led or tied for team lead in tackles on five occasions. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010 - Ranked second on the team in tackles (121) and TFLs (7), starting all 15 regular season games he played and both playoff contests... Tallied 2.0 sacks, 2 INTs, 7 PBUs, 2 FFs and 1 FR... Led or tied for team lead in tackles on five occasions... Led the team with 16 tackles (10 solo) in the postseason, including 1 INT. 2009 - Started all 15 games he appeared in, leading the Bears in tackles (147) and solo stops (97)... Posted a career-high 2.5 sacks to go along with 2 PBUs, 1 INT and 7 TFLs... Led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles on 11 occasions, the most of any player. 2008 - Paced the Bears in tackles (136), solo stops (83) and fumble recoveries (2), starting all 16 games at WLB.... Tied for second on the team and second among all NFL linebackers with a career-high 3 INTs... Returned a fumble 21 yards for a TD in the Bears season-opening win at IND (9/7)... Finished second on Chicago in PBUs (7)... Tallied 0.5 sack, 1 FF, 2 FRs and 9 TFLs... Collected his first multi-INT game of his career at STL (11/23). 2007 - Led Chicago with 10 TFLs, which matched a career high... Ranked second on the Bears in tackles (140) and solo stops (80) and tied for third in forced fumbles (2), while posting 2.0 sacks... Finished the season tied for second in the NFL with 12.5 stuffs, according to Stats, LLC... Recorded double-digit tackles 8 times... Also added 4 QB hits, 1 PBU and 1 FR. 2006 - Started all 16 games for 3rd straight season while finishing 2nd on team with career-high 176 tackles... Led or tied for Bears lead in tackles on 8 occasions and recorded double-digit tackles 12 times... Also finished 2nd on roster with 10 TFLs (tying a career high), and 9 PBUs... Led team in postseason with 32 tackles and 3 TFLs; added 2 PBUs. 2005 - Ranked 2nd on Bears with 170 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INT, 13 PBUs, 3 FFs and 2 FRs while starting all 16 games... Led Chicago in tackles in team-high 7 games and registered at least 11 tackles in 9 contests. 2004 - Started 16 games at WLB, moving from SLB in the off-season, and became first Bears player other than Brian Urlacher to lead team in tackles since Barry Minter in 1999... Led team in tackles in 8 games... Named Pro Bowl second-alternate at OLB after recording 168 tackles including 10 TFLs and 0.5 sack... Produced one of Bears team-record six defensive TDs with INT return score... Scored 2nd career TD on 38-yard INT return at DET (12/26); combined with Mike Green on his first career sack. 2003 - Played all 16 games as a rookie for Chicago, becoming a starter at SLB in the fourth game and tying for 4th on Chicago with 81 tackles while starting the final 13 contests... Added an INT return for a TD, 1 FR, 5 PBUs and 4 TFLs.
COLLEGE: Three-time first-team all-Pac-10 selection at LB at Arizona (1999-2002)... Switched positions from FB to LB during the spring following his freshman season... Special teams standout who led Wildcats in tackles each of his three seasons on defense... Concluded career with 308 tackles (205 solos), 10.5 sacks, 36 TFLs, 3 INTs, 10 PBUs, 5 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries in 33 games at SLB... Named team's Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior, starting 11 games and leading team with 98 tackles, including 3 sacks and 11 TFLs, 1 INT and 2 PBUs... Recovered 2 fumbles and forced 2 others while recording season-high 15 tackles twice... As a junior, led team with 93 tackles in 11 games while collecting 6.5 sacks and 14 TFLs... In first year at LB as a sophomore, led team with career-high 113 tackles with 1 sack, 11 TFLs and 1 forced fumble, plus 2 INTs... Rushed for 163 yards and 2 TDs on 25 carries in 10 games at FB as a freshman... Majored in sociology.
PERSONAL: Three-year letterman at Elk Grove H.S. in Sacramento, CA, as a LB, RB, S, K, kickoff and punt returner... Named Sacramento Bee Player-of-the-Year as a senior with 100 tackles, including 5 sacks... Two-year track letterman in the 200-meters, 4x100 relay and shot put... Born Lance Marell Briggs to Raymond and Brenda Briggs... Sister, Tranae, played volleyball at Sacramento State, South Florida and Florida State... Cousin, Tamika Dennis, played volleyball at Arizona... Participated in ESPN: The Weekend at Disney's Wide World of Sports during the 2006 off-season.