Brian Urlacher became the leading tackler in Bears history on Thursday night when he registered the 1,488th career stop of his 11-year career, which is one more than Mike Singletary. Gary Fencik is third with 1,102 and Lance Briggs began the game in fourth place with 1,072 career tackles.
"It's cool to have your name in the category with all those guys who have played here," Urlacher said. "It's cool."
Tackles weren't officially recorded until 1971 and are based not on the official press box stats but film review by the Bears' coaching staff. Although the tackle totals of several Hall of Fame defenders such as Dick Butkus and Doug Buffone have not been compiled, the record is likely legitimate because careers and seasons were shorter when they played.
Urlacher, who leads the team in tackles again this season, also had a sack. He now has 2 1/2 on the season.
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