Brian Urlacher Biography
Brian Urlacher (/ɜːrlˈækər/) is a former American football linebacker in the NFL who was born on May 25, 1978, Pasco, Washington, U.S. Throughout his entire 13-year career, he played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Urlacher was recognized as a consensus All-American when playing college football for The University of New Mexico, and became one of the school’s most decorated athletes.
In the 2000 NFL Draft, the Bears selected Brian Urlacher with the ninth overall pick. He quickly established himself as one of the NFL’s most productive defensive players. Urlacher was elected to eight Pro Bowls after winning the NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2000, and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005. His playing style, accomplishments and reputation have made him one of the team’s most popular players. Urlacher briefly analysed for Fox Sports 1 after retiring from professional football. On February 3, 2018, he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Brian Urlacher Family
Urlacher was born in Pasco, Washington, to Bradley and Lavoyda Urlacher. He was raised by his parents with his younger brother Casey. Casey, had a brief career in the Arena Football League and was later elected mayor of Mettawa, Illinois in 2013.
Urlacher was raised by his mother Lavoyda his siblings in Lovington, New Mexico after his parents separated. Urlacher’s mother Lavoyda Lenard Urlacher died of unreported causes in 2011.
Brian Urlacher Wife | Kids | Daughters | Son
Brian Urlacher has two daughters, Pamela and Riley, with Laurie Urlacher, his ex-wife. He also has a son, Kennedy, with Tyna Robertson. Urlacher filed suit to establish paternity of his son Kennedy in June 2005. Genetic testing determined that he is Kennedy’s father. Tyna Robertson, Kennedy’s mother, was already well-known to the media, having made claims of sexual assault against famed dancer Michael Flatley and a doctor from Naperville, Illinois. Brian Urlacher and Robertson maintain joint-custody over Kennedy. Urlacher appealed to a Cook County court in 2017, to remove Kennedy from Robertson’s custody after her husband, Ryan Karageorge, was shot and killed in their residence.
Brian Urlacher began dating model and actress Jenny McCarthy in April 2012. McCarthy announced that she and Urlacher had ended their relationship in August 2012. On March 13, 2016, Urlacher married Jennipher Frost, a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model. Urlacher currently lives with his daughters and has visitation rights with his son.
Brian Urlacher Net Worth
Brian Urlacher is one of the few National Football League (NFL) players who played for one team his entire career—the Chicago Bears. Known by teammates as “Grr-Lacher,” Brian is the most ferocious sideline-to-sideline defensive star of his generation. He is estimated to have a net worth of $16 million.
Brian Urlacher Jersey
Brian Urlacher was the first person to be inducted into the University of New Mexico’s Football Wall of Fame. During halftime of New Mexico’s game against Air Force on November 9, 2013, the school retired Urlacher’s No. 44 jersey. On December 5, 2017, Urlacher was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Brian Urlacher Hall Of Fame
Brian Urlacher was announced as one of 27 semi-finalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class on November 21, 2017. The nomination was Urlacher’s first, and came in his first year of eligibility. Urlacher was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 3, 2018.
Brian Urlacher College | New Mexico
Brian Urlacher majored in criminology at the University of New Mexico, and played for the New Mexico Lobos football team. Dennis Franchione, the Lobos’ head coach, converted Urlacher to linebacker, but often left him on the sidelines in favor of more experienced players. The team finished with winning records during Urlacher’s first two years and even made a trip to the 1997 Insight.com Bowl. The team’s success prompted Franchione to leave New Mexico in favor of Texas Christian University. His departure prompted the school to hire a former coach at UCLA, Rocky Long.
Brian Urlacher flourished under Long’s tenure. Urlacher played a more versatile role on both offense and defense and received more playing time. Long converted Urlacher into a “Lobo-Back“, a cross between a linebacker and free safety, and placed him in a 3-3-5 defense scheme. He spent significant time training with Bronco Mendenhall, the team’s defensive coordinator, who helped Urlacher refine his skills as a defensive back. Long also used Urlacher as a return specialist and wide receiver throughout his final two years with the Lobos.
The Lobos’ performance declined despite Long’s extensive changes to the team’s roster, formations, and work ethic. However, Urlacher became one of the team’s most productive players during this time. He finished his career with 442 tackles, three interceptions, 11 sacks, and 11 forced fumbles. Outside of defense, he caught six touchdown passes, and returned five kicks for touchdowns.
Urlacher was one of the finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award after the 1999 season, and finished twelfth on the Heisman Trophy ballot. Brian Urlacher received All-American honors from Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America, and the Associated Press. He played his final collegiate game at the 2000 Senior Bowl, where he was one of the game’s top players.
Urlacher set a school record for most tackles in a single season and led the nation with 178 tackles during his junior year. Brian Urlacher finished with the third most career tackles in the University of New Mexico’s history. The school has honored Urlacher on several occasions. In 2000, they awarded him with the Male Athlete of the Year Award, and held a special halftime ceremony to honor his success in 2006. Urlacher was also the first person to be inducted into the University of New Mexico’s Football Wall of Fame. The New Mexico, retired Urlacher’s Jersey no. 44 in his honor.
Brian Urlacher With Hair | Now
Brian Urlacher’s hair was and still is a big topic of discussion for football fans. The last time many NFL fans saw Urlacher, he was a bald linebacker disrupting offenses. However, in 2018 Urlacher did various Hall of Fame interviews with a full head of hair. He was public about his hair transplant surgery, so public that he has an endorsement deal with RESTORE Hair. According to GQ, the follicle replacement surgery took eight hours. Brian Urlacher filed a lawsuit against a Florida hair clinic claiming they used his likeness without his consent. According to the Chicago Tribune, Urlacher’s lawsuit is seeking at least $200,000 in damages.
Urlacher Before and After Hair Transplant
Brian Urlacher Age
Urlacher was born on May 25, 1978, Pasco, Washington, U.S. He played for the Chicago Bears of the NFl throughout the duration of his entire career spanning 13 seasons. Urlacher is 41 years old as of 2019.
Brian Urlacher Height | Weight
Brian Urlacher’s huge frame towers at a height of 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m). He also weighs a massive 258 lb (117 kg). His tough physique was essential in the success of his football career especially as a defensive player.
Brian Urlacher Bears
The Chicago Bears, who were in need of a defensive playmaker and selected Urlacher in the first round, as the draft’s ninth overall pick. Brian Urlacher He signed a five-year contract, which was worth nearly eight million dollars with a five and a half million dollar signing bonus, within two months of the draft. The then Bears’ head coach, Dick Jauron, recognized Urlacher’s versatility as a middle and outside linebacker, and appointed him as the team’s starting strongside linebacker.
Urlacher won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, after playing for a defensive team that allowed the fewest points per game, and created the most turnovers in the National Football Conference. Urlacher himself recorded at least 10 tackles in six consecutive games, while finishing the season with a team high 121 tackles
Brian Urlacher was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award in 2012, given to those who showed a commitment to sportsmanship and courage. Urlacher thanked the Bears during his award acceptance speech for their support after his mother Lavoyda Lenard died. Brian Urlacher announced his retirement via his Twitter account on May 22, 2013. Urlacher started all but two in 182 games in the NFL, the third most in franchise history behind Walter Payton (184) and Olin Kreutz (183), recording a team-record 1,779 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions, 16 fumble recoveries, and 11 forced fumbles.