- Height: 6'4"
- Weight: 258 lbs
- Date of Birth: May 25, 1978
- Hometown: Pasco, Washington
- College: University of New Mexico
- Mascot: Lobo
- High School: Lovington High School
- Position: Linebacker (LB)
- Draft: 1st round, 9th overall, Chicago Bears, 2000
Brian Urlacher was born on May 25, 1978 in Pasco, Washington. He was a standout football player at Lovington High School, and on one occasion used his impressive combination of strength and agility to lead his team to an undefeated record. Urlacher was only seriously recruited by two Division 1-A universities out of high school: the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State; he chose the University of New Mexico. Urlacher emerged as a dominating force at New Mexico. He finished his career with 422 tackles, 3 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, and even 7 receptions that went for 6 touchdowns. He was named an All-American and was one of the most highly touted players of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Urlacher was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 9th overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft. He was not a sensation right from the start, but an injury during his rookie season propelled Urlacher into the position of starting middle linebacker and he has not looked back. That year, 2000, he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and has since been named to five Pro Bowls and was the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Through the 2006 season Urlacher has already amassed 843 career total tackles, 647 career solo tackles, 32.5 career sacks, 45 career passes defensed, 10 career interceptions, and 8 career forced fumbles.
Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
- NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2000
- Named to five Pro Bowls