Brian Urlacher is a retired NFL player who was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 2000 to 2013.
Brian began playing sports at a young age, serving as a running back, wide receiver, return specialist, and defensive back during his high school career. After high school, Brian attended college at the University of New Mexico, where he majored in criminology and played for the New Mexico Lobos team. Brian was considered one of the most talented prospects during the 2000 NFL Draft and was selected by the Chicago Bears, with whom he signed a five-year, $8 million contract. In 2005, he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. He continued to lead his team to victory until 2009, when he suffered a dislocated wrist that caused him to miss the remainder of the season. He returned in 2010, helping the Bears to win the NFC North, and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month after leading the NFC in tackles. In 2012, Brian received the Ed Block Courage Award as a result of his sportsmanship and courage. Brian was injured again during the 2012 season and shortly thereafter announced his retirement from professional football.
Outside of his football career, Brian has appeared in commercials for McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Nike, Campbell's Chunky soup, and Old Spice. He has two daughters, Pam and Riley, and a son, Kennedy.