Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher (/ˈɜːrlækər/; born May 25, 1978) is a former American football linebacker who spent his entire 13-year career playing for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for The University of New Mexico, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and became one of the school's most decorated athletes.

The Bears selected Urlacher with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Urlacher quickly established himself as one of the NFL's most productive defensive players. After winning the NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2000, he was elected to eight Pro Bowls, and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005.[1] His playing style, accomplishments and reputation have made him one of the team's most popular players.[2] After retiring from professional football, he was briefly an analyst for Fox Sports 1. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on February 3, 2018.

Brian Urlacher
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Urlacher at the Incirlik Air Base in 2014
No. 54
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born:May 25, 1978 (age 40)
Pasco, Washington
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Lovington
(Lovington, New Mexico)
College:New Mexico
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:1,353
Quarterback sacks:41.5
Interceptions:22
Touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Urlacher was born to Bradley and Lavoyda Urlacher in Pasco, Washington, and his parents raised him with his younger brother Casey. After his parents separated, Lavoyda raised Urlacher and his siblings in Lovington, New Mexico. He spent his youth immersed in sports, and developed an interest in football, basketball, track and later table tennis; he graduated from Lovington High School in 1996. While his mother worked several jobs to keep her family afloat, Urlacher spent his teenage years playing sports for Lovington High School and training in weight rooms. The training helped Urlacher gain the speed, stamina, and strength he would need to solidify his football career.[3]

As he progressed through high school, Urlacher gained experience in all three phases of football. He saw playing time as a running back, wide receiver, return specialist, and defensive back.[4] Urlacher led the Lovington High School Wildcats to an undefeated 14–0 season, and a division 3-A state championship.[3] He finished the season with twelve touchdown receptions, six touchdown returns, and two rushing touchdowns.[4] He additionally merited state-recognized honors in football, as well as basketball.[5] Lovington has since recognized Urlacher's accomplishments by retiring his high-school jersey number, and naming a holiday after him.[4]

Urlacher wanted to attend Texas Tech University, but the school did not offer him an athletic scholarship.[3]

College career

Urlacher enrolled at the University of New Mexico, majored in criminology, and played for the New Mexico Lobos football team.[5] The Lobos' head coach, Dennis Franchione, converted Urlacher to linebacker, but often left him on the sidelines in favor of more experienced players.[3] The team finished with winning records during Urlacher's first two years and even made a trip to the 1997 Insight.com Bowl.[3] The team's success prompted Franchione to leave New Mexico in favor of Texas Christian University. His departure prompted the school to hire Rocky Long, a former coach at UCLA.

Urlacher flourished under Long's tenure.[3] Urlacher not only received more playing time, but also played a more versatile role on both offense and defense. Long converted Urlacher into a "Lobo-Back",[6] a cross between a linebacker and free safety, and placed him in a 3-3-5 defense scheme.[7] He spent significant time training with the team's defensive coordinator, Bronco Mendenhall, who helped Urlacher refine his skills as a defensive back.[3] Long also used Urlacher as a return specialist and wide receiver throughout his final two years with the Lobos.[5] Despite Long's extensive changes to the team's roster, formations, and work ethic, the Lobos' performance declined. However, Urlacher became one of the team's most productive players during this time. He finished his career with 442 tackles, three interceptions, 11 sacks, and 11 forced fumbles.[4] Outside of defense, he caught six touchdown passes, and returned five kicks for touchdowns.[4]

After the 1999 season, he was one of the finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, and finished twelfth on the Heisman Trophy ballot.[8] Urlacher received All-American honors from Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America, and the Associated Press.[5] He played his final collegiate game at the 2000 Senior Bowl, where he was one of the game's top players.[9] Urlacher led the nation with 178 tackles during his junior year, and also set a school record for most tackles in a single season.[4] He finished with the third most career tackles in the University of New Mexico's history.[4] The school has honored Urlacher on several occasions. They awarded him with the Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2000,[10] and held a special halftime ceremony to honor his success in 2006.[11] Urlacher was also the first person to be inducted into the University of New Mexico's Football Wall of Fame.[12] On November 9, 2013, during halftime of New Mexico's game against Air Force, the school retired Urlacher's No. 44 jersey.[13] Urlacher was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on December 5, 2017.[14]

Professional career

NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 78 in
(1.93 m)
258 lb
(117 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9 78 in
(0.25 m)
4.57 s 1.63 s 2.69 s 4.18 s 6.94 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine[15]

Urlacher was considered one of the most talented collegiate prospects in the 2000 NFL Draft,[16] and impressed spectators and analysts at the NFL Scouting Combine by bench pressing 225 pounds twenty-seven times, and completing the forty-yard dash in 4.57 seconds.[3] The Chicago Bears, who were in need of a defensive playmaker after having the 29th ranked defense in 1999,[17] selected Urlacher in the first round, as the draft's ninth overall pick.[18]

2000–2004

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Urlacher with the Chicago Bears during the 2008 season

He signed a five-year contract, which was worth nearly eight million dollars with a five and a half million dollar signing bonus, within two months of the draft.[19] Dick Jauron, who was then the Bears' head coach, recognized Urlacher's versatility as a middle and outside linebacker, and appointed him as the team's starting strongside linebacker.[3][20] However, Urlacher struggled to perform consistently in his first professional game, and lost his starting position to Rosevelt Colvin.[21] Jauron left Urlacher on the sidelines during the following week, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shut out the Bears, 41–0.[22]

He managed to regain a starting spot on the Bears' roster, after Barry Minter, the team's veteran middle linebacker, was forced to miss the Week 3 game on account of an injury.[23] Urlacher excelled at the middle linebacker position, and recorded 46 tackles, six sacks, and one interception in his next five starts.[22] Not even a rib cage injury hindered his performance during this period, as Urlacher went on to win the league's Rookie Defensive Player of the Month in October.[23] He led the Bears with 124 tackles and eight sacks, both of which surpassed the franchise's previous rookie records.[24] Although the Bears finished with a disappointing 5–11 record, Urlacher received a number of individual accolades for his performance during the season. Many news organizations, such as the Associated Press and The Sporting News named him as the 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year.[5][25] Football fans across the nation also voted Urlacher to play at the 2001 Pro Bowl as an alternate middle linebacker.[3] Urlacher's successful rookie campaign served as the foundation for his professional career and reputation.[26]

Urlacher further distinguished himself as one of the Bears' most productive playmakers during the 2001 season. He had one of the best games of his career on October 7, against the Atlanta Falcons. Urlacher held Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who was well known for his scrambling abilities, to 18 rushing yards,[27] and recorded a forced fumble and sack.[22] He also returned one of Vick's fumbles for a 90-yard touchdown.[22] Two weeks later, Urlacher helped set up a Bears comeback victory against the San Francisco 49ers by intercepting a pass, and later setting up a game-winning touchdown return for Mike Brown, after causing 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens to lose control of a pass.[3] He also caught a touchdown pass from punter Brad Maynard off a fake field goal attempt against the Washington Redskins in Week 14, which clinched a first-round bye.[28] Urlacher concluded the season with three interceptions, six sacks, and was a candidate for 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.[29] Football Digest named Urlacher their publication's defensive player of the year.[29] The 2001 Chicago Bears won 13 games, marking the team's best finish since 1986, but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.[22]

Unfortunately, the Bears' 2001 winning season would be followed by three years of mediocrity. Before the 2004 NFL season, the Bears' organization fired coach Dick Jauron and then hired Lovie Smith. After starting the season on the lower rungs of the NFC North, Urlacher suffered several injuries that sidelined him for a majority of the season.[30]

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Urlacher in 2011.

2005–2011

In 2005, Urlacher won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after playing for a defensive team that allowed the fewest points per game, and created the most turnovers in the National Football Conference.[31] Urlacher himself recorded at least 10 tackles in six consecutive games, while finishing the season with a team high 121 tackles.[32] He was also credited as one of the team's leaders, whose audibles and experience helped develop several younger teammates.[33] Urlacher led the Bears to an 11-5 record, marking their best finish since 2001. Urlacher played his second career playoff game against the Carolina Panthers on January 15, 2006. He recorded seven tackles and one interception in a 29–21 loss.[22] Urlacher was also selected to the 2006 Pro Bowl, but declined the position on account of an injury.[34]

The team continued their resurgence into the 2006 season, finishing with a record of 13–3. During the season, Urlacher had one of the best performances of his professional career against the Arizona Cardinals.[35] He helped the Bears overcome a 20-point deficit by recording 19 tackles and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown.[35] Teammate Devin Hester commented on Urlacher's performance, stating, "We watched the film and everybody was saying that he just turned into the Incredible Hulk the last four minutes of the game, just killing people and running over and tackling whoever had the ball."[36] The Bears won the NFC Championship against the New Orleans Saints, 39–14, but lost Super Bowl XLI to the Indianapolis Colts, 29–17. Urlacher finished the season with 93 tackles and three forced fumbles. He was elected to the 2006 All-Pro Team and 2007 Pro Bowl, while also earning consideration for the League's Defensive Player of the Year award.[37]

The Bears were unable to replicate their success in the 2007 season, and finished last in the NFC North. In the middle of the season, Urlacher admitted that he had been suffering from an arthritic back, but later claimed the ailment was not serious.[38] Nevertheless, he finished the season on a high note, registering five interceptions, five sacks, one fumble recovery, 123 tackles, and a defensive touchdown.[39] Following the season's conclusion, Urlacher received minor neck surgery to treat his arthritic back.[40] During the offseason, Urlacher revised his contract with the Bears, who granted him a $6 million signing bonus with a $1 million increase in salary each of the next four years.[41]

Urlacher dislocated his wrist in the 2009 season opener against the Packers. He underwent surgery, and went on to miss the remainder of the season.[42] Urlacher had severely damaged a bone in his wrist that was adjacent to a major nerve. Urlacher was forced to wear a cast on his wrist for 12 weeks and spend a month in therapy to recover from the injury.[43] The Bears began to struggle on offense and defense. As frustration built, Urlacher criticized the Bears offense, stating that the addition of quarterback Jay Cutler had changed the team's identity.[44][45] The Bears, who have historically employed a strong running game, were beginning to rely more on the pass on offense.[44][45] He went on to say, "Kyle Orton might not be the flashiest quarterback, but the guy is a winner, and that formula worked for us. I hate to say it, but that's the truth."[44] Urlacher and Cutler later made amends.[44] The Bears finished the season with a 7–9 record, and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

After recovering from the injury, Urlacher stated, "I feel more powerful. I'm running to the football, my keys are a lot more clear now, and I'm playing downhill... So I think it did help my body kind of calm down and relax a little bit.[46] " During the 2010 offseason, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo bolstered the team's defense by signing free agent Julius Peppers.[47]

With Peppers's help, Urlacher and the Bears improved to an 11–5 record in the 2010 NFL season, winning the NFC North and earning a first-round bye for the 2011 Playoffs. After leading the NFC in tackles (49) during the period, Urlacher was recognized as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month during December/January.[48] It was the first time winning the award in his career. Urlacher was also voted to his seventh Pro Bowl for his stellar defensive efforts during the year.

In 2011, in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings, Urlacher sprained his MCL when teammate Major Wright and Vikings receiver Percy Harvin landed on him with 5:15 left in the game.[49][50] Urlacher was eventually named to the Pro Bowl, but did not play due to the injury against Minnesota. He missed much of the team's summer practice OTA's while trying to recover from the injury.[51] On August 14, 2012, Urlacher had an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his left knee, and stated that his goal was to play in the 2012 season opener.[52] He eventually practiced on September 3,[53] and played against the Colts in the season opener,[54] though he sat out the second half.[55]

2012: Final season and retirement

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Urlacher in 2009

In 2012, Urlacher was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award, given to those who showed a commitment to sportsmanship and courage. During his award acceptance speech, Urlacher thanked the Bears for their support after his mother Lavoyda Lenard died.[56] Against the Tennessee Titans in Week 9, Urlacher intercepted Matt Hasselbeck, and returned the pick 46 yards for a touchdown.[57] Urlacher led the Bears in tackles until Week 13 against the Seahawks, in which he sustained a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.[58][59] Urlacher became an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2013.[58] On March 20, the Bears announced that Urlacher would not return in 2013 after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new contract.[60] Urlacher later belittled Phil Emery's contract negotiations with him as 'lip service', and stated the Bears had little intention to re-sign him.[61] In 2015, Urlacher told ESPN that he still respected the Bears organization and front office, but has yet to speak to Emery, who was fired in 2014.[62]

On May 22, 2013, Urlacher announced his retirement via his Twitter account.[63] In 182 games in the NFL, Urlacher started all but two, the third most in franchise history behind Walter Payton (184) and Olin Kreutz (183), recording a team-record 1,779 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries, and 11 forced fumbles.[64]

2018: Hall of Fame induction

On November 21, 2017, Urlacher was announced as one of 27 semi-finalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.[65][66] The nomination was Urlacher's first, and came in his first year of eligibility.[67] On February 3, 2018, Urlacher was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[68]

Other work

In 2002, Urlacher appeared on the game show Wheel of Fortune and won over $47,000 for charity.[69]

Urlacher has appeared in several commercials for McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Comcast, Nike, Campbell's Chunky soup, Old Spice, and Glacéau. He also shared the spotlight with Peyton Manning in a MasterCard commercial at a spa. Nike also aired special commercials about Urlacher's high school career containing clips and commentary of plays he made. However, Urlacher later stated that he feels "uncomfortable" appearing in commercials.[70] He was also the cover athlete and spokesperson for Sega Sports' NFL 2K3. During media day before Super Bowl XLI Urlacher wore a hat promoting Glacéau vitamin water, a non-NFL approved sponsor, for which he was fined US$100,000.[71]

Urlacher wrestled in a pay-per-view event for the NWA-TNA promotion. The Bears organization discovered this and forced him to stop.[72]

In 2012, with Nike taking over the NFL supplier from Reebok, Urlacher modeled for the new uniforms.[73] In July 2013, Urlacher announced that he will be an analyst for Fox Sports 1 on Fox Football Daily with Jay Glazer and Curt Menefee; he had been courted by NFL Network but decided on Fox Sports.[74] On September 16, 2014, Urlacher resigned from the role to spend more time with his family.[75]

In December 2014, Urlacher participated in the USO Chairman's Holiday tour, which provided entertainment to US troops in five countries around the world.[76]

Reputation

Following his successful rookie season, Urlacher was able to gain popularity with the fans. On a national level, Urlacher's jersey sales have rivaled those of other NFL superstars, such as Brett Favre and Michael Vick.[77] Football fans across the nation have also voted Urlacher into eight Pro Bowls.[78] Urlacher's teammates and coaches have also praised his character and athletic ability.[79] In 2007, former teammate Tank Johnson called upon Urlacher to testify during one of his court hearings.[80]

Even after winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award for the 2005 season, a 2006 Sports Illustrated poll of 361 NFL players named Urlacher the second most overrated player in the league behind Terrell Owens.[81] In response, Urlacher has stated "Just watch the film. I don't know what people are saying, but I'm not too worried about it anymore. All I can do is go out there and play hard and try and help my team win, and that's what I'm going to keep doing."[82]

NFL career statistics

Chicago Bears franchise record
Career statistics Tackles Sacks Interceptions Other
Season Team Games Solo Ast Total Sack YdsL Int Yds IntTD DefTD FFum PD Safety
2000 Chicago 16 101 24 125 8.0 49 2 19 0 0 0 5 0
2001 Chicago 16 91 27 118 6.0 37 3 60 0 1 2 8 0
2002 Chicago 16 117 36 153 4.5 34 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
2003 Chicago 16 87 29 116 2.5 15 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2004 Chicago 9 54 18 72 5.5 19 1 42 0 0 2 7 0
2005 Chicago 16 98 24 122 6.0 44 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
2006 Chicago 16 93 49 142 0.0 0 3 38 0 0 1 9 0
2007 Chicago 16 93 30 123 5.0 36 5 101 1 1 0 12 0
2008 Chicago 16 79 14 93 0.0 0 2 11 0 0 0 10 0
2009 Chicago 1 3 0 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Chicago 16 96 29 125 4.0 19 1 0 0 0 2 10 0
2011 Chicago 16 84 18 102 0.0 0 3 7 0 0 0 7 0
2012 Chicago 12 53 15 68 0.0 0 1 46 1 1 2 7 0
Career 182 1,037 316 1,353 41.5 252 22 324 2 3 12 91 0

Source, Retrieved on January 24, 2012

Personal life

Urlacher has two daughters, Pamela and Riley, with ex-wife Laurie Urlacher and a son, Kennedy, with Tyna Robertson. Urlacher currently lives with his daughters and has visitation rights with his son.[83] His younger brother, Casey, had a brief career in the Arena Football League and was later elected mayor of Mettawa, Illinois in 2013.[84]

In June 2005, Urlacher filed suit to establish paternity of his son Kennedy. Genetic testing determined that he is Kennedy's father. Kennedy's mother, Tyna Robertson, was already well-known to the media, having made claims of sexual assault against famed dancer Michael Flatley and a doctor from Naperville, Illinois.[83] Urlacher and Robertson maintain joint-custody over Kennedy. In 2017, Urlacher appealed to a Cook County court to remove Kennedy from Robertson's custody after her husband, Ryan Karageorge, was shot and killed in their residence.[85]

In 2011, Urlacher's mother Lavoyda Lenard Urlacher died of unreported causes, and Urlacher was granted his temporary leave from the team.[86] However, Urlacher was able to return to the team in time for the season opener.[87]

In April 2012, Urlacher began dating model and actress Jenny McCarthy.[88][89][90] In August 2012, McCarthy announced that she and Urlacher had ended their relationship.[91] Urlacher married Jennipher Frost, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model on March 13, 2016.[92]

He also enjoys golfing in his spare time, and during an episode of Home Turf, Urlacher revealed a room in his mansion containing a plethora of golf paraphernalia. When home, Urlacher revealed that he also enjoys watching the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and HBO's Entourage. Urlacher enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, including hip hop, rock, and country music.[93]

Urlacher has also been spokesperson for several companies.[94] Sega Sports selected Urlacher to appear on the cover of NFL 2K3, while other companies, such as Nike, McDonald's, Old Spice, and Vitamin Water, have featured him in several television advertisements and promotions.[95][96]

Urlacher is of Russian German descent.[97] His great-grandfather, Lucas Urlacher, was born into a Black Sea German family in an area that today belongs to Ukraine.[98]

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1962 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The 1962 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference during the 1962 college football season. Coached by Charlie Bradshaw, a Bear Bryant disciple, the team was thinned by his brutal methods from 88 players to just 30. The team was thus known as the Thin Thirty. While the team's record was just 3–5–2, it did include a dramatic victory in the season finale against Tennessee in Knoxville, 12–10. The winning margin was provided by a field goal by Clarkie Mayfield, one of the heroes of the game, who later died in the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire on May 28, 1977.Players on the Kentucky team included Tom Hutchinson, Dale Lindsey, and Herschel Turner, all of whom later played in the NFL. Bob Kosid later played in the CFL. Two assistant coaches on the 1962 Kentucky staff, Leeman Bennett and Chuck Knox, later had success as NFL head coaches. Lindsey went on to become a successful NFL assistant coach, notably working with Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears.

1999 Mountain West Conference football season

The 1999 Mountain West Conference football season was the first since eight former members of the Western Athletic Conference banded together to form the MW. Colorado State University, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah tied for the inaugural MW Championship.

2000 Chicago Bears season

The 2000 Chicago Bears season was their 81st regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a disappointing 5–11 record under head coach Dick Jauron. The season saw the addition of rookie sensation Brian Urlacher who would win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

The Bears in 2000 played an NFL record 13 games against opponents that ended the season with a winning record, including four in their own division twice each; the Bears had a record of 4–9 against these teams.

2006 Chicago Bears season

The 2006 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 87th season in the National Football League and 25th post-season completed in the National Football League. The Bears posted a 13–3 regular season record, the best in the NFC, improving on their previous year’s record of 11–5. The Bears retained their NFC North divisional title, and won the National Football Conference Championship title against the New Orleans Saints, on January 21, 2007. The Bears played the Indianapolis Colts at Super Bowl XLI, where they lost 29–17. They finished the 2006 NFL season tied for second in points scored, and third in points allowed.Due to the NFL's scheduling formula the Bears played 6 intra-division games, posting a record of 5–1. Because of rotating cycle scheduling, the Bears matched up against all four teams in the AFC East (going 2–2) and NFC West (going 4–0). In the remaining games, the Bears played the NFC's other reigning division winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants, posting a record of 2–0. During the entire season, the Bears played 10 games at home, 8 games on the road, and 1 game at a neutral field for the Super Bowl. Including the playoffs and Super Bowl, the Bears finished with a record of 15–4.

Noteworthy football stories for the 2006 season were replacing retired cornerback and kick returner Jerry Azumah, the quarterback controversy between productive but inconsistent and potentially fragile Rex Grossman and veteran free agent Brian Griese, the record setting returns by Devin Hester, Bernard Berrian's breakout season, competition between the Bears' running backs (Cedric Benson and Thomas Jones), and 5th round draft pick Mark Anderson's 12 quarterback sacks as a rookie.

2006 Chicago Bears–Arizona Cardinals game

On October 16, 2006, during the sixth week of the National Football League (NFL) regular season, the Chicago Bears defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 24–23, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The undefeated Bears staged the "comeback of the year" against the 1-win Cardinals after trailing by 20 points at halftime. This game is the first game in which the Bears won after trailing by 20 or more points since 1987 (they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27–26). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first win in Bears history in which they trailed by at least 20 points in the second half, and the Cardinals became the first team in NFL history to lose consecutive games in a season after being ahead by 14 or more points at the end of the first quarter in each of their games. The Bears also set an NFL record for the biggest comeback without scoring an offensive touchdown in league history. Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart became the first quarterback in history to throw at least 2 touchdown passes in each of his first 2 career starts. The last time a team won after committing 6 turnovers was over 20 years prior.The postgame press conference was notable for Cardinals head coach Dennis Green's profanity-laced rant, highlighted by the quote "The Bears are who we thought they were". The game was ranked #6 on NFL Top 10 on NFL Network for Top Ten Greatest Comebacks of All Time under the title "Cardinals Blow It"/"Monday Night Meltdown", as well as Top Ten Meltdowns at #7.

2006 Pro Bowl

The 2006 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2005 season. The game was played on February 12, 2006, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. It marked the 27th consecutive time that the National Football League's all-star game was held in Honolulu. The NFC all-stars won by the score of 23 to 17.

Brian Piccolo Award

The Brian Piccolo Award is an honor that is given to players of the Chicago Bears. The award is given to one rookie and one veteran per season who best exemplifies the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of the late Brian Piccolo. Piccolo was a running back for the Bears from 1966 until his untimely death from embryonal cell carcinoma on June 16, 1970, at age 26.

Casey Urlacher

Casey Urlacher (born August 24, 1979) is an American politician and former football player. He is the mayor of Mettawa, Illinois. Urlacher previously played football in the Arena Football League for two seasons for the Chicago Rush and Nashville Kats. He is the brother of former National Football League linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Khan Malaythong

Khan "Bob" Malaythong (born 10 April 1981 in Vientiane, Laos) is an American badminton player. He qualified for the U.S. badminton team as a doubles competitor at the 2008 Summer Olympics.Malaythong moved to the United States at age 8. Malaythong teamed with Howard Bach in men's doubles. Malaythong graduated from William Jefferson Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Santa Ana College.

Malaythong portrayed a Chinese badminton player in a Vitamin Water commercial starring David Ortiz and Brian Urlacher.Bob Malaythong won the U.S. National Badminton Championships six times in the men's doubles event in 2003 with Tony Gunawan and in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 with partner Howard Bach. He also won one mixed doubles National title with Mesinee Mangkalakiri in 2005.

Malaythong now currently coaches at the Synergy Badminton Academy in Menlo Park, CA, along with fellow Olympian and long-time friend, Raju Rai.

List of Chicago Bears award winners

The Chicago Bears are an American football franchise currently playing in the National Football League. The following is a list of all the awards the franchise has acquired over its 90-year history.

List of Chicago Bears in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are currently members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and are one of two remaining charter members of NFL. Founded in 1919 by the A.E. Staley Company as the Decatur Staleys and based in Chicago since 1922, the Bears organization has become one of the most successful professional football teams, having won a total of nine professional American football championships—eight NFL Championships and one Super Bowl—second most in the NFL, behind the Green Bay Packers. The franchise has recorded 18 NFL divisional titles, four NFL conference championships, and the most regular season victories of any NFL franchise. In 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame was created to honor the history of professional American football and the individuals who have greatly influenced it. Since the charter induction class of 1963, 32 individuals who have played, coached, or held an administrative position for the Bears have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Bears hold the record for the most individuals enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Of the 35 inductees, 28 made their primary contribution to football with the Bears, while the other 7 contributed only a minor portion of their career with the Bears. Of the original 17 individuals inducted in 1963, three spent a majority of their careers with the Chicago Bears. This includes the founder, long time owner, and head coach George Halas, long time halfback and two-way player Bronko Nagurski, and the "Galloping Ghost" Red Grange. The first few years of the Hall of Fame's existence saw 14 Bear players enshrined. Jim Finks was enshrined due to his contributions to the team as a general manager, not a player. Mike Ditka was inducted into the Hall of Fame while serving as the team's head coach. The most recent Bear to be inducted was Brian Urlacher in 2018.

Lovington High School

Lovington High School is the public senior high school of Lovington, New Mexico. Its colors are Royal Blue and White and their mascot is a Wildcat.

Monsters of the Midway

The Monsters of the Midway is most widely known as the nickname for the National Football League's Chicago Bears—particularly the dominant teams of 1940 and 1941. The name underwent something of a renewal when the 1985 edition of the Bears proved to be similarly dominant and has been used as a nickname for the Bears, in particular their intimidating defenses and linebackers, ever since. The name got another renaissance in 2006 when the Bears went back to the Super Bowl thanks to their dominant defense and again in the 2018 season, where the Chicago defense was as dominant as possible prior to their 16-15 Wild Card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on January 6, 2019.

National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award

Several organizations give out NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards that are listed in the NFL Record and Fact Book and Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The Associated Press (AP) has been giving the award since 1972; Pro Football Writers of America/Pro Football Weekly since 1970; and Sporting News has announced winners since 2008. The Newspaper Enterprise Association was the originator of the award in 1966. However, it became defunct after 1997. Also going defunct was the United Press International (UPI) AFC-NFC Defensive Player of the Year Awards that began in 1975.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame for professional American football, located in Canton, Ohio. Opened in 1963, the Hall of Fame enshrines exceptional figures in the sport of professional football, including players, coaches, franchise owners, and front-office personnel, almost all of whom made their primary contributions to the game in the National Football League (NFL); the Hall inducts between four and eight new enshrinees each year. The Hall of Fame's Mission is to "Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE."

With the election of the Class of 2018 – Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Brian Urlacher – there are a total of 318 members of the Hall of Fame.

Sports entertainment

Sports entertainment is a type of spectacle which presents an ostensibly competitive event using a high level of theatrical flourish and extravagant presentation, with the purpose of entertaining an audience. Unlike typical sports and games, which are conducted for competition, sportsmanship, physical exercise or personal recreation, the primary product of sports entertainment is performance for an audience's benefit, thus they are never practiced privately. Commonly, but not in all cases, the outcomes are predetermined; as this is an open secret, it is not considered to be match fixing.

Steve A. Kauffman

Steve A. Kauffman is an American professional sports agent who currently represents many prominent National Basketball Association (NBA) and collegiate coaches.

Taymon Domzalski

Jerome Taymon Domzalski (born May 7, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. At 6-foot, 10-inches, he played center and power forward positions throughout his collegiate and professional basketball career. He is the first and only scholarship athlete to have played for Mike Krzyzewski and also earn a medical degree and become a physician.

Todd McMillon

Todd Merlin McMillon (born September 26, 1974) is a former American football cornerback, formerly of the Chicago Bears of the NFL. He was signed originally as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Arizona University. He also spent three years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.McMillon models for such retailers as the GAP in his spare time, which has earned him the nickname "Runway" with his teammates. He also appeared on an episode of Teammates on ESPN with teammate Brian Urlacher.In June 2013, McMillon was told by his doctor that he had prostate cancer, and stated, "When he told me I was positive for cancer, I just went numb. I thought he had the wrong test. I played in the NFL. I am super healthy. I work out all the time, so I am in really good shape. I was like, 'This can't be me. I'm only 39 and I have prostate cancer?'" In August, McMillon had his prostate removed, which had contained the disease.

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