By Chris Emma–
(670 The Score) Bears great Brian Urlacher is another step closer to Canton, named Tuesday night a finalist for the 2018 class to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Urlacher was named one of 18 finalists for a vote that comes on Feb. 3, just prior to the Super Bowl.
Urlacher played his entire 13-year career with the Bears, leading an era of defensive dominance at middle linebacker. In 182 games, he recorded 1,040 career tackles and 22 interceptions. He was the leader of a Bears defense that enjoyed its greatest run since the 1985 Super Bowl championship, reaching the Super Bowl after the 2006 season.
Urlacher was an eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and four-time All-Pro who played a critical role in coach Lovie Smith’s schemes.
Urlacher boasts a strong candidacy for first-ballot consideration, though Ray Lewis is also a finalist and considered a lock to be inducted, posing a threat to Urlacher. Voting history at times has suggested two players won’t be enshrined at the same position in the same year.