- No one is surprised
that Brian grew to be so big. He weighed over 12 pounds when he was
born, and when he broke a wrist in high school, doctors told him that
his growth plates showed he might get as tall as 6-7.
- Brian was named
all-district in basketball his senior year at Lovington High School.
- At New Mexico,
Brian majored in Criminology. He had a 23-pound cat named Norman.
- Brian finished
his career as New Mexico’s third all-time leading tackler with
442 stops. He also had three interceptions, 11 sacks and caused 11 fumbles.
- One of Brian’s
biggest thrills prior to starting his pro career was meeting Bill Parcells.
During a pre-draft meeting with the Jets, he was watching film with
linebacker coach Bob Sutton, and the legendary coach popped into the
room and shook his hand.
- After being named
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000, Brian bought Rolex watches
for Chicago’s starting defensive line. He joined Mark Carrier
(1990) and Wally Chambers (1973) as the only Bears to win the award.
- In 2002, Brian
became the seventh Chicago Bear to go to the Pro Bowl in each of his
first three seasons. Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers were the last two to
do it (1965 to 1967).
- Brian’s jersey
was the NFL top seller in 2002, followed by Tom Brady's and Michael
- Brian isn’t
the only New Mexico alum in the NFL. The others are: Jarrod Baxter ('01)
- Houston Texans, Joe Maese ('00) - Baltimore Ravens, Terance Mathis
('89) - Pittsburgh Steelers, Scott McGarrahan ('97) - Miami Dolphins,
and David Sloan ('95) - New Orleans Saints.
- Brian’s teammates
call him “Grrr-Lacker” or “Lak.”
- Brian is the official
spokesperson and cover athlete for "SEGA Sports NFL 2K3."
- Brian is an active
supporter of the Special Olympics in the Chicagoland area and New Mexico.
- Brian’s younger
brother, Casey, played middle linebacker for Lake Forest College, a
Division III school in Chicago. After graduating, he got a tryout with
the Bears, and signed a three-year contract in July of 2003.
- Brian has playful
nicknames for Casey (“Son”) and his stepfather (“Dork”).
- Brian’s mother
and stepfather are now divorced, but remain on good terms. Brian thinks
so much of Troy Lenard that he bought him a 100-acre ranch in Texas.
- Brian has one daughter,
Pamela. He and his former wife, Lauren, divorced in 2003. She and Pamela
now live in Phoenix.
- Brian briefly dated
Paris Hilton in the fall of 2003.
- Early in 2004,
Brian tried his hand at professional wrestling, taking the ring under
the name, the "Worm." When the Bears caught wind of his off-season
hobby, they quickly put an end to it.
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Gale Sayers, 1969
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