- Born 11/12/80
- Height 6-1
- Weight 242
- Position LB
- Jersey #55
- College Arizona
- Experience 7
- Age 29
- Home Sacramento, CA
A Sacramento native, Lance Briggs attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. A three-year letterman, Lance was named Sacramento Bee Player-of-the-Year as a senior with 100 tackles, including 5 sacks. He was also a two-year track letterman in the 200-meters, 4×100 relay and shot put.
A sociology major in college, Lance carried over his success as a 3-time All Pac-10 player for the University of Arizona into the NFL after being drafted in the 3rd round in 2003. Named one of the Top Five Outside Linebackers of the 2000s by USA Today and Co-Defensive Captain of his team, Lance has been selected for 5 consecutive Pro Bowls (2004-2009), becoming the fourth linebacker in franchise history to be selected to five straight Pro Bowls. In Week 3 of 2009, Lance was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for 8 tackles, a sack and interception in one game. In 2007 he helped lead his team to the Super Bowl XLI, and earned them the title, bringing in 13 tackles. He was recently awarded the First-Team All-Pro honor and has topped the 100-tackle mark for the 6th consecutive year, with 135 tackles in 2009.
Off the field, Lance is well known for his philanthropic efforts, raising awareness and funds for at-risk youth through his Foundation, Briggs4Kidz.
Aside from continuing his charity work, he has also embarked on many creative ventures, recently launching his comic book social networking site, Lance’s Comic World (www.lancescomicworld.com).
Lance, a comic book enthusiast since childhood created LCW to provide a platform to connect football and comic book fans, while providing them with the latest in comic book interviews, reviews and news.
- Tied for 3rd in team history with 3 career INTs returned for TDs.
- Has 871 career tackles over the past six seasons.
- Led the team in tackles in 2004 and 2008 after finishing 2nd in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
- Also has collected 6.0 sacks, 9 INTs, 29 PBUs, 10 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries and 52 TFLs.
- Tabbed second-team All-Pro by the Associate Press following 2006 season after first-team selection a year earlier.
- Named an All-Pro by The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated following 2006 season.
- Over the last six seasons, has the most interceptions returned for touchdowns of any linebacker in the NFL.
- According to STATS, Inc., leads all linebackers and ranks second overall in stuffs- a tackle of a rusher for negative yards- over the past six seasons with 44.5.
- Became first linebacker in NFL history to return an interception for a score in each of his first 3 campaigns.
- Started final 13 games of rookie season in 2003 at SLB and tallied team’s only defensive TD of 2003 on his first career INT return TD.
- Has started 91-of-94 career games played.
- Has 41 tackles including 4 TFLs and 2 PBUs in 4 career postseason starts.
2009 Season Highlights
- Led the team with 118 tackles, Briggs has reached the 100-tackle plateau for the sixth consecutive year.
- Briggs has added a career-high 2.5 sacks, seven tackles for losses, an interception and two pass break ups.
- Briggs is just the fourth linebacker in franchise history to be selected to five straight Pro Bowls joining Hall of Famers Dick Butkus, Bill George and Mike Singletary.
- In Week 3 of 2009, Lance was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for 8 tackles, a sack and interception in one game.
- Named one of the Top 5 OLB of the 2000s by USA Today.
2008 Season Highlights
- Paced the Bears in tackles (136), solo stops (83) and fumble recoveries (2) as he was named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl.
- Tied for second on the team and second among all NFL linebackers with a career-high 3 INTs.
- Returned a fumble 21 yards for a TD in the Bears season-opening win at IND (9/7).
- Finished second on Chicago in PBUs (7).
- Collected his first multi-INT game of his career at STL (11/23).
- Posted a season-high 16 tackles at MIN (11/30).
- Led or tied for Bears lead in tackles on five occasions.
- Started all 16 games at WLB.
2007 Season Highlights
- En route to his 3rd consecutive Pro Bowl selection, led Chicago with 10 TFLs, which matched a career high.
- Ranked second on the Bears in tackles (140) and solo stops (80) and tied for third in forced fumbles (2), while equaling a career-high with 2.0 sacks.
- Finished the season tied for second in the NFL with 12.5 stuffs, according to Stats, LLC.
- Led or tied for Bears lead in tackles in 5 of his 14 games played and recorded double-digit tackles 8 times.
2006 Season Highlights
- Started all 16 games for 3rd straight season while finishing 2nd on team with career-high 176 tackles en route to 2nd consecutive Pro Bowl selection.
- Led or tied for Bears lead in tackles on 8 occasions and recorded double-digit tackles 12 times including 8 times in final 9 contests.
- Also finished 2nd on roster with 10 TFLs (tying a career high), and 9 PBUs.
- First team All Pro by The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated and a second-team All Pro by the Associated Press.
- Added Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association’s All-NFC honors.
- Led team in postseason with 32 tackles and 3 TFLs; added 2 PBUs. .
2005 Season Highlights
- Chosen to Pro Bowl and named to Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly first-team all-Pro teams after ranking 2nd on Bears with career-highs with 170 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INT, 13 PBUs, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
- One of just 6 Bears to start all 16 games.
- Led Chicago in tackles in team-high 7 games and registered at least 11 tackles in 9 contests.
- Notched a sack and a forced fumble on the same play at WAS (9/11).
- Recovered fumble vs. CIN (9/25).
- Led team with 15 tackles (tied 3rd-most in career) at NO (11/6) adding a forced fumble.
- Tied for team-high honors with 16 tackles vs. GB (12/4) including 1 TFL; added 3 PBUs and recovered a fumble. .
2004 Season Highlights
- Started 16 games at WLB, moving from SLB in the off-season, and became first Bears player other than Brian Urlacher to lead team in tackles since Barry Minter in 1999.
- Led team in tackles in 8 games including 2 with career-high 17.
- Named Pro Bowl second-alternate at OLB after recording 168 tackles including 10 TFLs and 0.5 sack.
- Produced one of Bears team-record six defensive TDs with INT return score.
- Returned a lateral from Hunter Hillenmeyer during a fumble return for 11 yards at MIN (9/26).
- Scored 2nd career TD on 38-yard INT return at DET (12/26); combined with Mike Green on his first career sack.
2003 Season Highlights
- Played all 16 games as a rookie for Chicago, becoming a starter at SLB in the fourth game and tying for 4th on team with 81 tackles while starting the final 13 contests.
- Added an INT return for a TD, a fumble recovery, 5 PBUs and 4 TFLs.
- First Bears player other than Urlacher to lead team in tackles in consecutive games since 2001.
- Three-time first-team all-Pac-10 selection at LB at Arizona (1999-2002).
- Switched positions from FB to LB during the spring following his freshman season.
- Special teams standout, who led Wildcats in tackles each of his 3 seasons on defense.
- Concluded career with 308 tackles (205 solos), 10.5 sacks, 36 TFLs, 3 INTs, 10 PBUs, 5 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries in 33 games at SLB.
- Named team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior, starting 11 games and leading team with 98 tackles, including 3 sacks and 11 TFLs, 1 INT and 2 PBUs.
- Recovered 2 fumbles and forced 2 others while recording season-high 15 tackles twice.
- As a junior, led team with 93 tackles in 11 games while collecting 6.5 sacks and 14 TFLs.
- In first year at LB as a sophomore, led team with career-high 113 tackles with 1 sack, 11 TFLs and 1 forced fumble, plus 2 INTs.
- Rushed for 163 yards and 2 TDs on 25 carries in 10 games at FB as a freshman.
Three-year letterman at Elk Grove H.S. in Sacramento, CA, as a LB, RB, S, K, kickoff and punt returner… Named Sacramento Bee Player-of-the-Year as a senior with 100 tackles, including 5 sacks… Two-year track letterman in the 200-meters, 4×100 relay and shot put… Born Lance Marell Briggs to Raymond and Brenda Briggs… Sister, Tranae, played volleyball at Sacramento State, South Florida and Florida State… Cousin, Tamika Dennis, played volleyball at Arizona… Participated in ESPN: The Weekend at Disney’s Wide World of Sports during the 2006 off-season.
Entered NFL as a third-round selection (68th overall) by Chicago in the 2003 NFL Draft… Signed contract with Bears (7/25/03)… Designated with the team’s franchise tag for 2007 season… Signed 6-year contract with Chicago (3/7/08). SIGNED through 2013