Chicago Bears: Ranking the top ten Chicago Bears of the 2000s

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Chicago Bears Lance Briggs
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3. Lance Briggs, LB (2003-2014)

The names of Bears’ defensive greats runs quite long, but you won’t have to read very far to find Lance Briggs’s name. The Bears linebacker spent his entire career in Chicago, racking up 936 tackles in 173 games. His 16 forced fumbles are tied for third all-time, while he trails only fellow linebacker Brian Urlacher for most tackles all-time.

Like numerous others on this list, Briggs played a significant role on the 2006 NFC Championship team. He was one of the final Bears from that season to leave the roster, retiring after the 2014 season.

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Briggs appeared in seven straight Pro Bowls during his career, tying him for fourth-most in franchise history. He was well-respected both on and off the field and was a key leader for the Bears for over a decade. Despite battling injuries for the latter part of his career, Briggs was still a key part of the Bears’ defense and team chemistry.

Briggs received high praise from Urlacher during his enshrinement ceremony, including a testament for his Hall of Fame resume. There’s a good chance that Briggs will be enshrined in Canton one day, joining the likes of fellow Bears linebackers Urlacher, Mike Singletary, Bill George and Dick Butkus.