2001-2010 All-Bears Team: Linebacker #1

It's Wednesday night, so that means it's time for the next poll in the set, but first, the poll results from the weekend.

In the Defensive Tackle #1 poll from Saturday, Tommie Harris's explosive first step stole the snap out from under center, 72% of the vote.

In the Defensive End #2 poll from Sunday, Alex Brown Gator-chomped his way to the spot, 55% of the vote.

Both very solid selections. You get a guy as dominant as Tommie was for those three years and a guy that held down the position very ably for seven seasons on your All-Decade team, you're doing something right. We'll add the second defensive tackle this weekend. For now, let's start figuring out the linebackers. You'll notice it just says "Linebacker #1" and not "MLB, SLB, WLB." That's because we're just looking for linebackers. Follow me past the jump where we discuss the candidates for the first linebacker spot.

Brian Urlacher: What is there to say that hasn't already been said? Starter at the middle linebacker spot every year, 7-time Pro-Bowler (6 from 2001-2010), four All-Pro designations. In the decade, 33.5 sacks, 16 interceptions, 72 passes deflected, one INT TD, nine fumbles forced, 812 tackles with 253 assists. Also returned a fumble for a TD. Aside from missing the 2009 season, missed only 7 games in the decade (2004).

Lance Briggs: Third-round draft pick in 2003. Seven-year starter, missed only four games in his career. Six-time Pro-Bowler, one-time All-Pro. 10.5 sacks, 12 interceptions with three touchdowns, 60 passes deflected, nine forced fumbles, one fumble recovered for a TD, 705 tackles with 157 assists.

Hunter Hillenmeyer: 5th-round draft pick of the Packers in 2003, never played a snap for them, joined the right side the same year. Eight-year Bear, played 13 games in every year except 2010 (concussion symptoms). NFLPA representative. Very serviceable starter, filled in at MLB when Urlacher was injured. 7.0 Sacks, two interceptions, six forced fumbles including four in 2009, 289 tackles with 93 assists.

Rosevelt Colvin: Hard to add a fourth after those three each played for eight years plus, but a good linebacker in his own right. Played for the Bears from 1999 to 2002 as a fourth-round draft pick. In 2001 and 2002, played all 32 games with 28 starts. 21 sacks, two interceptions, six fumbles forced, 116 tackles with 18 assists.

Don't agree with these choices? Vote other, and tell us what you think!

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