Lance Briggs named best Bears player of past decade by PFF

Lance Briggs was once one of the NFL's most intimidating forces at linebacker. Pro Football Focus (PFF) recently named him the best Chicago Bears player of the past decade.

PFF's Sam Monson described the impact Briggs had with the Bears in his analysis:

This came down to a choice between Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman. Brian Urlacher typically received a majority of the ink, but Briggs was consistently the better of the two linebackers during most of their time together in that defense. Briggs never actually topped the 4-3 outside linebacker rankings for PFF in any single season, but was top-five in four of the first five seasons we graded, including a pair of top-two finishes. He finished his career with impressive grades in every facet of the game PFF measures, and recorded 467 defensive stops over the past decade.

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Briggs was a third-round pick in the 2003 NFL draft and played 12 seasons all with the Bears. His most dominant stretch occurred between 2005 and 2011, when he made seven consecutive Pro Bowls. The standout linebacker retired with 1,173 tackles, 78 defended passes, 16 interceptions (five returned for touchdowns), 19 forced fumbles and 15 sacks in 173 career games played.

The Bears have a long history of outstanding linebackers, and Briggs was one of the franchise's best.

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