Former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs proved to be an impact player during his career in the Windy City but he and the rest of the team had their best year in 2006, making it all the way to the Super Bowl.
The Bears couldn't have asked for a better way to start off their 2006 season as the team marched into Lambeau Field and shut out their hated rivals, the Green Bay Packers. The Bears continued their winning ways as they marched to a 7-0 record to begin the season.
This included a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football which featured the now famous post-game rant by Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, "They are who we thought they were!". Briggs would help lead the Bears comeback with 15 total tackles.
In the second half of the 2006 season, a stifling defense combined with a sometimes productive offense and explosive playmakers like Devin Hester lead the Bears to a 13-3 record. The Bears regular season success propelled them to the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The team would defeat the Seattle Seahawks in overtime and followed that up by defeating the New Orleans Saints 39-14 in the NFC Championship game. The win gave the Bears their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1985 season.
Briggs would be selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl with 130 combined tackles, 4 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions while playing in all 16 games of the regular season. Briggs would go on to earn 7 Pro Bowl awards throughout his NFL career. The defensive star spent his entire career with the Bears, compiling nearly 1,000 solo tackles, causing 16 fumbles and snagging 16 interceptions.
Come out and meet the former Chicago Bears superstar Lance Briggs on 10/20 at 115 Bourbon St. Additionally, former Chicago Bears star running back Matt Forte will also be appearing. Full details on our autograph signings can be found here.