Urlacher will set Bears' record for tackles Thursday night

The Chicago Bears have a storied history at middle linebacker as the franchise that is credited with inventing the position.

Brian Urlacher is the latest standout and with four tackles in Thursday’s game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium, he will become the organization’s all-time leader in the defensive statistic. Granted, they didn’t start keeping tally of such numbers until 1971, but it puts Urlacher in impressive company. With 1,484, he trails Hall of Famer and 10-time Pro Bowl performer Mike Singletary by three.

Personal accolades don’t mean a lot to Urlacher right now with the Bears (6-3) in the heart of the NFC playoff race.

"It probably means Lance (Briggs) is going to pass me in a couple years," he said.

But the 32-year-old Urlacher isn’t walking away any season soon and the 30-year old Briggs trailes him by more than 400 tackles. Briggs, who has 1,081, needs 22 to pass former safety Gary Fencik.

"(Urlacher) is out there every day," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "He's consistent. The guy is a great pro.

"It's not just numbers. I don't think numbers define him as much as what he brings to the defense: leadership, toughness and consistency. He plays at such a high level."

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