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The List: Chicago Bears Hall of Fame LB Brian Urlacher’s 5 most amazing stats

August 3, 2018

Brian Urlacher will receive the ultimate NFL honor Saturday night when he’s inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Urlacher will become the 28th member of the Bears — more than any other franchise — to have his bust permanently housed in the halls of Canton alongside his fellow football immortals. Although there is no shortage of incredible statistics across his 13 seasons that help illustrate the impact of one of the greatest playmaking linebackers ever, we had fun paring the long list down to a handful of stats reflective of Urlacher’s spectacular career. Urlacher will be a part of Pro Football Weekly’s Football Legends LIVE event on Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake. We will reveal the entire “Team for the Ages” on a memorable, star-studded night. Hall of Famers “Mean” Joe Greene, Anthony Munoz, Lawrence Taylor, Dan Hampton and Randy White will join us, too.

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Urlacher, a safety at the University of New Mexico prior to being selected ninth overall by the Bears in the 2000 draft, is one of only five NFL players with 40-plus sacks and 20-plus interceptions in his career (Ray Lewis, Karlos Dansby, Seth Joyner and Wilber Marshall). Urlacher’s range, instincts and ball skills, in addition to his 4.59 40 time at 258 pounds, meant there were very few plays he couldn’t make, spectacularly.

Want your chance to see Urlacher and other Hall of Fame legends? Get your tickets today for our Team for the Ages event, Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake.

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Providing more context to Urlacher’s uncanny knack for not only being in the right place at the right time but punctuating his presence, his 90 passes defensed ranks fourth among linebackers since 2004, his 16 fumble recoveries since 2000 ranks third and his four defensive touchdowns trails only fellow LB Lance Briggs and DBs J.C. Caroline and Eddie Macon among full-time Bears defenders in franchise history.

Want your chance to see Urlacher and other Hall of Fame legends? Get your tickets today for our Team for the Ages event, Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake.

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The all-time tackles leader on the NFL’s charter franchise, Urlacher’s 1,358 tackles rank fourth among all NFL linebackers since 2000. Urlacher tallied double-digit tackles in 29 games from 2002-12 and brought down ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage 138 times.

Want your chance to see Urlacher and other Hall of Fame legends? Get your tickets today for our Team for the Ages event, Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake.

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During Urlacher’s 13-year reign, the Bears finished in the top five in points and/or yards allowed five times. They ranked in the top five in turnover differential four times despite middling QB play by the likes of McCown, Hutchinson, Orton and Cutler, to name a few.

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Since Pro Football Reference began tracking AV (Approximate Value), its attempt to attach a value to every player each season, in 1960, Urlacher led Chicago four times — more than any player in team history not named Walter Payton. His AV of 21 in 2001, when Urlacher tallied six sacks, three interceptions, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and an NFL-high 101 fumble return yards to go with his 116 tackles, is the highest number on record by a Bear.

Want your chance to see Urlacher and other Hall of Fame legends? Get your tickets today for our Team for the Ages event, Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake.

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