Lance Briggs' retirement and Chicago Bears legacy
Following the '14 season, Briggs retired from the NFL after a 12-year career, all of which came with the Bears. Over his career, Briggs recorded 1,181 total tackles, 97 TFLs, 15 sacks, and 16 interceptions, five of which were returned for a touchdown. In official team history, Briggs is ranked second in team interceptions returned for touchdowns.
Since his retirement from the NFL, Briggs has remained close to the game, through both his own ventures and the awards and accolades that he was been given. Professionally, Briggs has recently served on NBC Chicago's Football Aftershow alongside a number of former Bears including Alex Brown and Olin Kreutz. Briggs has also been recognized as a top 100 Bears player of all time by both the team and the Chicago Tribune.
In 2021, Briggs and a number of former teammates such as Kreutz, Tillman, and Devin Hester were nominated for the 2022 Professional Football Hall of Fame class, but no player was inducted. Briggs' career is certainly a Hall of Fame-worthy one, and there is still hope for him to be enshrined soon, joining his other half on the field Brian Urlacher. Hopefully, Canton will embrace one of the true modern Monsters of the Midway in the near future.