Jack Sanborn

American football player (born 2000)

American football player
Jack Sanborn
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Sanborn at Wisconsin in 2018
No. 57 – Chicago Bears
Personal information
Born: (2000-07-29) July 29, 2000 (age 23)
Lake Zurich, Illinois, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Lake Zurich
(Lake Zurich, Illinois)
College:Wisconsin (2018–2021)
Career history
  • Chicago Bears (2022–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:129
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at PFR

Jack Sanborn (born July 29, 2000) is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin.

Early years

Sanborn grew up in Deer Park, Illinois. He was raised by his mother following the death of his father, Paul Sanborn, when he was four years old.[1] Sanborn attended Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Illinois. As a senior, he played in the Illinois State Football Championship and after the season, was named the Pioneer Press Defensive Player of the Year after recording 120 tackles and three sacks as a senior.[2] Sanborn had 296 tackles and 13 sacks in three varsity seasons at Lake Zurich.[3] He was rated a four-star recruit and committed to play college football at Wisconsin over several other Power Five offers.[4]

College career

Sanborn played in 11 games as a freshman.[5] He was Wisconsin's leading tackler in sophomore season with 80 along with nine tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.[6] As a junior, Sanborn led the Badgers for a second straight season with 52 tackles and had four tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception and was named third-team All-Big Ten Conference.[7] He was named first-team All-Big Ten as a senior after recording 91 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and five sacks.[8] Following the end of the season, Sanborn announced that he would be entering the 2022 NFL Draft.[9]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+58 in
(1.87 m)
234 lb
(106 kg)
31+12 in
(0.80 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.73 s 1.59 s 2.72 s 4.34 s 6.96 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
20 reps

Sanborn signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2022.[12] Sanborn eventually made the Bears' 53-man roster for the 2022 season.[13] He became the Bears' starting middle linebacker following the trade of Roquan Smith.[14] On November 13, during his first career start, Sanborn recorded two sacks and 12 total tackles during a 31–30 loss to the Detroit Lions.[15] On December 18, Sanborn suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the Bears' 25–20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles,[14] and was placed on injured reserve on December 20.[16] He made six starts for the Bears in 2022, where he recorded 64 total tackles and two sacks.[14] Pro Football Focus (PFF) named Sanborn to their 2022 All-Rookie Team following the regular season.[17]

The Bears signed Tremaine Edmunds and T. J. Edwards to reinforce their linebacker corps in the ensuing offseason. Sanborn transitioned to a strong-side linebacker.[18] He started all 17 games of the 2023 Chicago Bears season, where he registered 65 tackles, one interception, one sack, and seven tackles for loss.[19] He was named to ESPN's 2023 ESPN "All-Youngster Team", a collection of players 24 years old and younger.[20]


Bold Career high
Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck TFL PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2022 CHI 14 6 64 50 14 2.0 5 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
2023 CHI 17 10 65 43 22 1.0 7 2 1 42 42.0 42 0 0 0
Career 31 16 129 93 36 3.0 12 2 1 42 42.0 42 0 0 1

Personal life

Sanborn's father played college football as an offensive lineman for the University of Oregon.[21] His younger brother, Bryan, also plays linebacker at Wisconsin.[22]


  1. ^ Bartholomew, Colten (December 30, 2021). "How Wisconsin linebacker Jack Sanborn was molded by his strong, selfless mother". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  2. ^ Narang, Bobby (December 7, 2017). "Wisconsin LB recruit Jack Sanborn is the Pioneer Press All-Area Defensive Player of the Year". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  3. ^ Temple, Jesse (October 3, 2019). "'He's going to be great': How Jack Sanborn quickly became a difference-maker for the Wisconsin defense". The Athletic. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  4. ^ Narang, Bobby (March 23, 2017). "Lake Zurich LB Jack Sanborn commits to Wisconsin football". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Bartholomew, Colten (October 5, 2019). "UW's odd couple: Chris Orr, Jack Sanborn team up to lead Badgers defense". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  6. ^ "UW inside linebackers coach needs leadership from Jack Sanborn and a fourth option to emerge". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. October 20, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  7. ^ Narang, Bobby (January 6, 2021). "Lake Zurich's Jack Sanborn has led Wisconsin in tackles for two seasons. He'll return for his senior year to play with his brother". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Temple, Jesse (January 10, 2022). "What's next for Wisconsin? 10 football storylines, topics and questions that will help define the 2022 Badgers". The Athletic. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  9. ^ "Badgers ILB Jack Sanborn to declare for NFL Draft". WKOW.com. January 7, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  10. ^ "Jack Sanborn Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  11. ^ "2022 NFL Draft Scout Jack Sanborn College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  12. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 6, 2022). "Roster Moves: Bears sign undrafted free agents". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 28, 2023.
  13. ^ Flood, Evan (August 30, 2022). "Jack Sanborn named to Chicago Bears 53-man roster". 247Sports. Retrieved August 30, 2022.
  14. ^ a b c Wiederer, Dan (December 20, 2022). "Chicago Bears place rookie linebacker Jack Sanborn (ankle) on injured reserve, while Teven Jenkins (neck) could return this week". Chicago Tribune. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  15. ^ Bartelson, Jacob; Hammond, Sean (November 13, 2022). "Chicago Bears notes: Lake Zurich's Jack Sanborn has 2 sacks in loss to Detroit Lions". Shaw Local. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  16. ^ Mayer, Larry (December 20, 2022). "Bears put Sanborn on IR, sign LB Elijah Lee". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  17. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 12, 2023). "Three Bears named to PFF's NFL All-Rookie Team". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  18. ^ Shapiro, Alex (July 27, 2023). "Jack Sanborn still sees self as Chicago Bears starting linebacker". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 11, 2024.
  19. ^ "Badgers in the NFL: Regular season recap". University of Wisconsin–Madison. January 8, 2024. Retrieved January 11, 2024.
  20. ^ Taylor, Ryan (November 29, 2023). "Bears put two players on ESPN's 'All-Youngster team'". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 11, 2024.
  21. ^ Goe, Ken (December 30, 2019). "Wisconsin linebacker Jack Sanborn is eager to face Oregon, his dad's alma mater". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  22. ^ "Sanborn leads defense, guides brother for No. 12 Wisconsin". USA Today. Associated Press. August 29, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2022.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · ESPN · Pro Football Reference
  • Chicago Bears bio
  • Wisconsin Badgers bio
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