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Former Bears LB Brian Urlacher Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

From 2000 to 2012, Brian Urlacher was the emotional leader of a Bears linebacker core that usually played well, and Saturday he was bestowed with the highest honor of the game, going into the Hall of Fame the first time on the ballot.

A surprise selection for this class, it was largely believed Urlacher might have to wait at least one year to see Lewis get in before being selected for the Hall of Fame himself. However, Urlacher garnered the support needed to get a gold jacket on his first attempt.

Urlacher was drafted by the Bears with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft and spent his entire career in Chicago, playing 13 seasons for the Bears in mostly dominant fashion. He made Pro Bowls his first four seasons and finished with eight of them in his career, while also making the All-Pro team four different times. Urlacher was a prototypical middle linebacker for the Bears during a time when great defenses needed a backbone in the middle, and Urlacher was perfect for Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defense in Chicago. He was a tackling machine, finishing his career with 1,315 tackles. He also added 41.5 sacks and a ridiculous 22 interceptions. Urlacher was the 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 2005 Defensive Player of the Year.

In 13 seasons with the Bears, Urlacher played in 182 games, recording 41.5 sacks with two interceptions and two touchdowns on INT returns.

Joining Urlacher in the class of 2018 are Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, and Ray Lewis, plus senior selections Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer, and contributor Bobby Beathard.

The ceremony for Urlacher and the class of 2018 will take place on Saturday, August 4th in Canton, Ohio.

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