Hunter Hillenmeyer

Hunter Hillenmeyer:

Hunter Taverner Hillenmeyer (born October 28, 1980 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears in the NFL. He was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round with the 31st pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. Hillenmeyer attended high school at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. He attended college at Vanderbilt University

Hillenmeyer signed with the Bears after being cut by the Packers at the end of the 2003 preseason. Hillenmeyer spent most of 2003 playing special teams for the Bears, he tied for 5th on Chicago with 12 special teams tackles as a rookie, playing 13 games on special teams.

He became the starter at strong side linebacker in 2004 starting 11 games while appearing in all 16 and making 90 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 2005 he had 71 tackles including 5 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 INT and 2 PBUs while starting 12 of the first 13 games at SLB before a thumb injury sidelined him for the final 3 regular season games. On June 30, 2006, the Bears signed Hillenmeyer to a five-year, $13 million contract extension through 2010 that included a $5 million signing bonus.

That season he started 13 games at strongside linebacker, finishing with 68 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 fumble recovery and a career-high 3 PBUs. In 2007 he played in all 16 games for the second time in his career, starting a career-high 14 contests and had a career-high 101 tackles, and registered 5 QB Hits, 3 TFLs, 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.

In 2008 Hillenmeyer played 13 games, starting six. He has played alongside All-Pro linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, who have been considered to be one of the best linebacker duos in the league. The Chicago Sun-Times has called Hillenmeyer "underrated".

Hillenmeyer is currently pursuing a Part-Time MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In announcing the defensive starters for a 2006 Monday Night Football game against the St. Louis Rams, Bears teammate Alex Brown nicknamed the linebacker "Triple H" Hunter Hillenmeyer.

An interview with Fox News Chicago revealed that Hillenmeyer is married to the daughter of Tim Floyd, former coach of the Iowa State, Chicago Bulls, and Southern California men's basketball teams. Hunter's father is a chef and restaurant owner in Tennessee.

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