Chicago Bears: 5 recent players deserving of Hall of Fame

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Lance Briggs Chicago Bears
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Linebacker Lance Briggs

This one should be pretty clear-cut when it comes down to it. Lance Briggs will go down as one of those legendary linebackers who have graced Soldier Field. Just like those before him, Briggs wore that uniform with pride and laid it all out on the field.

To think the Bears found this guy in the third round back in 2003 is pretty astounding. Briggs was drafted with pick no. 68 out of the University of Arizona, and he went on to become one of the best backers the league has ever seen.

Over his career spanning from 2003 to 2014, Briggs amassed a mountain of tackles — 1,173 to be exact. He also finished with 19 forced fumbles, 16 interceptions, 15 sacks and six defensive touchdowns. He could do it all. Briggs was one of the most versatile linebackers of his era, and it is pretty incredible to think the Bears had he and Urlacher in the same corps.

What some may not realize about Briggs playing next to Urlacher, is the fact that he still managed a ridiculous eight seasons with over 100 tackles. Imagine what he would have done if, for some reason, Urlacher wasn’t there next to him?

Briggs made seven Pro Bowls during his career and was voted All-Pro on three occasions, once on the First Team. Having spent every single season of his career with the Bears, Briggs should be forever a fan favorite and will undoubtedly find himself inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame sooner or later.