Arizona is one of a handful of major college programs never to produce an NFL Hall of Famer, but that could be about to change.
Linebacker Lance Briggs, one of the last stars from the Desert Swarm era, is among 122 players on the ballot for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
BREAKING: The Modern-Era nominees for the Class of 2020 have been released. The list is comprised of 122 players and coaches. Among the group announced are eight first-year eligible players. Click the link to see the list https://t.co/8Az63vLDnw #PFHOF20 pic.twitter.com/xACf57JANG— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) September 12, 2019
Briggs, 38, wrapped up a 12-year NFL career in 2014 when he played eight games for the Chicago Bears, the team that drafted him in the third round in 2003. He started 170 games for the Bears, finishing with 97 tackles for loss, 15 interceptions and 16 forced fumbles.
He made seven Pro Bowls, was an NFL All-Pro in 2005 and was part of the Bears’ Super Bowl-team in 2006.
One of three players with 15+ sacks and 15+ INTs for the @ChicagoBears over 12 seasons @LanceBriggs joins the show to talk about being eligible for the #PFHOF20!— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 12, 2019
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Briggs played at Arizona from 1999-2002, beginning his career as a running back before getting moved to linebacker as a sophomore.
The 122-player nominee list will be pared down to 25 semifinalists in November and then 15 finalists in January. The 2020 HOF class will be officially announced in February.