Lance Briggs – Chicago Bears #55

Chicago Bears #55

Lance Marcell Briggs was born on November 12th 1980 in Los Angeles, California.

Briggs played college football for the Arizona Wildcats as a linebacker where he amassed 308 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 33 games.

In 2003, Briggs entered the NFL Draft where he was the 68th overall pick by the Chicago Bears. He finished his rookie season with 78 combined tackles (65 solo), four passes defended, one interception, and one touchdown in 16 games and 13 starts.

Despite being a very successful member of the Bears defence, much of his time at the franchise was taken up with the controversy surrounding his contract deals and the perceived value placed on him by the team, with Briggs feeling he wasn’t being paid what he was worth and not feeling as though the Bears saw him in their future.

Despite all the contract wranglings and occasional animosity between the two parties, Briggs remained a Bear for his entire twelve-year NFL career, being selected for seven Pro Bowls and a member of the 100 Greatest Bears of All-Time.

He recorded a total of 1,173 tackles, fifteen sacks, sixteen interceptions and nineteen forced fumbles.