Brian Urlacher  
 

  • 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 Vick's.
  • 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.


 

 


Bill Parcells, 1990 GameDay


Gale Sayers, 1969 The Sporting News


Michael Vick, 2003 SI for Kids

 

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