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Linebacker's Break 100

The Bears linebacking corp did something in this down year, that isn't done often.  They all had over 100 tackles.

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher had eight tackles in Week 12 versus Denver (11/25), helping him reach the 100-tackle plateau for the eighth straight season since joining the NFL in 2000. Urlacher has now moved into a tie with Gary Fencik for second most 100-tackle seasons as a Bear since 1968 (when the team officially started recording tackles).

Only Mike Singletary has more 100-tackle seasons with 10 from 1983-92. Fencik reached the plateau from 1977-81 and again from 1984-86. Urlacher finished the 2007 season with 158 tackles to lead the team for the seventh time in his career.

Weakside linebacker Lance Briggs finished second on the team in 2007 with 140 tackles and led the Bears with 10 tackles-for-loss. Briggs added two sacks, one pass break up, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on the season.

Briggs now has 38 tackles-for-loss in the last four seasons and 43 for his career. After recording 10 in 2006, Briggs registered back-to-back seasons with double-digit tackles-for-loss for the first time in his career.

According to STATS LLC, Briggs finished the season tied for second in the NFL with 12.5 stuffs--a tackle of a rusher for negative yards. Since 2004, Briggs is second in the league with 33 stuffs, which is also the most by an NFL linebacker during that span.

Strongside linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer finished with a career-high 101 tackles in 2007. It was the first 100-tackle season in his five-year career. In Week 10 at Oakland (11/11), Hillenmeyer tied a career high with 13 tackles (vs. Philadelphia, 10/3/04). The performance at Oakland was one of two instances where he led the team in tackles this season (Week 12 vs. Denver, 11).

Hillenmeyer has led the Bears in tackles on four occasions in his career with the other two coming in 2004 (9/26 at Minnesota, 8; 11/25 at Dallas, 11). Since starting his first game for the Bears in 2004, Hillenmeyer's 330 tackles rank third on the team behind Briggs (654) and Urlacher (619).