Where are they now? 2006 Bears defense, special teams

Where are they now? 2006 Bears defense, special teams
November 27, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Scott Krinch

CSN's first installation of "Bears Classics" will begin with "Night of the Ridiculous' which debuts on Comcast SportsNet tonight at 9:30 p.m.

The Bears have gone through a complete overhaul in the last seven years. Since their memorable Monday night victory over the Cardinals in 2006, they've lost the face of their franchise, hired a new coaching staff, and general manager just to name a few. In fact, only six players remain from Chicago's 2006 roster.

In advance of tonight's premiere of "Bears Classics: Night of the Ridiculous" on Comcast SportsNet, we thought it would be fun to take a look at what each member of the 2006 team has been up to since leaving the Bears. Let's take a look at the defense: 

Defensive line

Adewale Ogunleye

Following the 2009 season, Ogunleye signed with the Houston Texans. In his lone season in Houston, he recorded just one tackle. Ogunleye's name was brought back into the spotlight this past month when Cameron Wake sacked Andy Dalton in the end zone for a game-winning safety, it was the first game to end on a safety since Ogunleye tackled Fred Miller who pounced on the ball in the end zone in the Bears' victory over the Titans on Nov. 14, 2004.

Alex Brown

Brown signed with the Saints in 2010 and started all 16 games for New Orleans at left defensive end, registering two sacks. Brown worked briefly with CSN, contributing to Bears Pre/Postgame coverage in 2011.

Mark Anderson

Anderson burst onto the scene with a 12 sack rookie campaign. His numbers dipped each year following his spectacular 2006 season. He recorded a combined 15 sacks with the Texans, Patriots and Bills since being released by the Bears in 2010. He's currently listed as a free agent.

Israel Idonije

Idonije was a key cog on the Bears defensive line from 2007-2012, recording 26.5 sacks. He signed with the Lions this past offseason and got revenge against his former team by helping Detroit complete a season sweep of Chicago.

Tommie Harris

Harris was one of the most dominant defensive tackles during his time in the NFL, but his career was cut short due to multiple knee injuries. His last stint in the NFL was with the Chargers in 2011 where he registered three sacks.

Tank Johnson

Johnson was released from the Bears following the 2006 season due to off-the-field issues. He resurrected his career with the Cowboys (07-08) and Bengals (09-2011). Johnson left the league in 2011 because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Dusty Dvoracek

Dvoracek was another member of the Bears defensive line that couldn't stay healthy. He was released after spraining his MCL in 2009. He had a brief stint with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2010. Currently, he hosts "The Rush with Dusty Dvoracek and Teddy Lehman" on SportsTalkNetworkOK.com.

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Brian Urlacher

On March 20, 2013 the Bears parted ways with Brian Urlacher after failing to reach a contract agreement that worked for both sides. The future Hall of Fame linebacker announced his retirement from the NFL on May 22, 2013. Urlacher currently serves as an analyst on Fox Sports 1's Football Daily with Jay Glazer and Curt Menefee.

Lance Briggs

Briggs is the only linebacker from the 2006 Bears who's still with the team.

Hunter Hillenmeyer

Hillenmeyer's last season in the NFL was with the Bears in 2011. He's contributed to Comcast SportsNet as an analyst on Bears Postgame Live through 2012. Also, Hillenmeyer has an app called @TheRealOverDog connecting fans with athletes to play their favorite video games.

Darrell McGlover

McGlover finished his career with 83 special teams tackles, two blocked punts and a forced fumble. He now does business development at Capital Transportation Solutions. And he has a really creepy Wikipedia picture.

Jamar Williams

Williams was traded to the Panthers in 2010, but was released the following season. He last played with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL.

Brandon Ayanbadejo

Ayanbadejo won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. He was released the following preseason. Currently, he's dabbling in the music industry with the debut of a music video

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Defensive back

Charles Tillman

Tillman is the only defensive back from the 2006 roster who's still on the Bears.

Nathan Vasher

After leaving the Bears, Vasher spent time with the Chargers and Lions in 2010. He's been out of the NFL since his release by Detroit in 2011. Vasher spent the summer of 2013 helping out the University of Texas football team.

Ricky Manning Jr.

Manning Jr. had brief stints with the Rams and Raiders before leaving the NFL. In 2012 he was the head coach of the football team at Edison High School -- his alma mater -- in California, but was asked to leave after just one season following a police investigation.

Dante Wesley

Wesley played for the Panthers from 2007-2009 after being released by the Bears. His only highlight, well lowlight, is being ejected and fined for a vicious hit on Buccaneers returner Clifton Smith in 2009.

Mike Brown

Brown was another Bears' defender who's once promising career was cut short by injuries. In 2009 he played in all 16 games for the Chiefs, registering 79 tackles and three interceptions. Brown has been out of the NFL since 2009.

Chris Harris

The Bears traded Harris away following the 2006 season and he went on to become a Pro Bowl safety with the Panthers. He was dealt back to Chicago in 2010 and was released the following season. Harris now serves as a defensive quality control coach for the Bears.

Danieal Manning

Manning was given a lucrative four-year, $20 million contract with the Houston Texans in 2011. He's recorded 124 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, four interceptions and a touchdown with the Texans. He's currently on Houston's injured reserve with a hyperextended knee.

Todd Johnson

Johnson retired from the NFL following the 2010 season. Currently, he's the head coach for Riverview High School Football in Sarasota, Florida.

Cameron Worrell

Worrell bounced around after the 2006 season. He had stints with the Dolphins and Jets, before returning for a second run with the Bears in 2008. Worrell is now an analyst for the Fresno State football team.

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Special Teams

Robbie Gould

Gould is still busy setting field goal records for the Bears.

Brad Maynard

After displaying his displeasure in the Bears not re-signing him following the 2010 season, Maynard would go on to play for the Texans and Browns. He's currently a free agent.

Devin Hester

Hester is still busy trying to set return records for the Bears. In 2013, Hester has unfortunately had multiple return touchdowns called back due to penalties.

Patrick Mannelly

Mannelly holds the franchise record for most games played and is still long-snapping the football for the Bears.


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