Briggs was born on November 12, 1980 in Los Angeles California. He developed his skills as defensive lineman at Elk Grove High School.
While playing at Arizona, Briggs was named a First-team All-Pac-10 linebacker three times. In his first year on the field he had over 100 tackles. In 2000, he led the entire Pac-10 Conference in tackles and led the Wildcats in the defensive category every year of his collegiate career.
Briggs was selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He started 13 games as a rookie. In his third year he earned his first Pro Bowl selection, which would be the first of seven consecutive Pro Bowl years. Briggs isn’t a sack specialist but he positions himself to make plays all over the field in crucial moments. He’s totaled over 100 tackles in two seasons of his career.
After former LB Brian Urlacher retired in 2013, Briggs is expected to become the leader of the Bears linebacker corps. After an injury discontinued his 2013, the Bears will depend on his leadership to keep the defense aligned and solid for years to come.
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