Top Ten Defensive Players in Chicago Bears History

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5. Brian Urlacher

Urlacher is the only Bear from the last 25 years or so to make the list, a sign that Vic Fangio desperately needs to bring the defense back to the Monsters of the Midway. Urlacher was a freakish athlete that could make up any possible error he committed in a read or shedding of a block and still could make a play.

While he may not have been quite as consistent as some of the other greats on this list, his peaks were electric. Rarely has anyone seen a defensive player single-handedly win a game the way Urlacher did against the Arizona Cardinals in 2005. Urlacher tallied 25 tackles (yes, 25), harassed Matt Leinart all day, had two passes defended and caused a fumble that Peanut Tillman returned 40 yards for a TD. It was a game of legends.

Urlacher finished his career with 8 visits to the Pro Bowl, four first-team All-Pros, one second team, was named defensive rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, and was a member of the 2000s all- decade team. He was he we thought he was- a true great.