Former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is one step closer to joining Brian Urlacher in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after being named as one of the 122 modern-era nominees for the class of 2020.
Sixteen other linebackers were nominated along with Briggs, including:
Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, James Farrior, London Fletcher, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Sam Mills, Chris Spielman, Takeo Spikes, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Jessie Tuggle, and Patrick Willis.
Briggs enjoyed a remarkable 12-year career in Chicago that included seven Pro Bowls and 170 starts in 173 games. He finished his Bears career with 1,174 tackles, 15 sacks, 16 interceptions and six defensive touchdowns. Few defensive players were as well-rounded as Briggs during his tenure, including Urlacher.
Briggs and the rest of the modern-era players will find out in November if they're part of the 25 semifinalists. That number will be reduced to 15 finalists in January. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, "the Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 in Miami to elect the Class of 2020 that will include five Modern-Era players. The Modern-Era Finalists will be trimmed during the meeting from 15 to 10 and then from 10 to the five who will be elected as part of the Class of 2020."