For some NFL players who posted stellar careers, it's an open question as to whether ​they have simply a Hall of Fame resume or a first-ballot Hall of Fame resume. Today, ahead of tonight's official announcement of Canton's 2018 class at the NFL Honors, the case of Brian Urlacher can be put to rest.


The legendary Bears linebacker is in on his first try. Naturally.

Urlacher was an absolute beast over the course of his 13-year career, all of which he spent with Chicago. A No. 9 overall pick in the 2000 ​​NFL Draft out of New Mexico, Urlacher was one of the top defensive menaces of his generation, making eight Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams.


If reports hold to be true, the 39-year-old joins four other football legends in this year's Hall of Fame class.

Urlacher only made it to the Super Bowl once, losing to the Indianapolis Colts back in 2007. But an enshrinement at Canton is more than simply a consolation for the big man. Congrats to this bruising Bear.