Briggs, selected by the Bears in the third round of the 2003 draft out of Arizona, played his entire 12-year career in Chicago. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) and was named a three-time All-Pro (2005, 2006, 2009).
Between 2003-2012, Briggs was a stalwart for Chicago’s defense, playing in all but four games during that 10-year span. Yet the 34-year-old missed 15 games the past two years combined and appeared to have lost a step on the field.
It remains to be seen whether Briggs has played his last snap in the NFL – the market for aging linebackers coming off two injury marred seasons is small – but one thing is for sure, Briggs will one day be considered for a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.