Press Release – NFL Veteran Lance Briggs to Receive Elk Grove Key to the City November 6

Posted: 10/22/2015

Noontime Event and NBA Pre-game Presentations Planned

Elk Grove, CA – Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis will present former Chicago Bears linebacker and Elk Grove High School alumni, Lance Briggs, with a Key to the City at two special events planned on Friday, November 6.

About the Honoree…

Born on November 12, 1980, Lance Briggs is an Elk Grove native. As a hardworking student athlete, he was a three-year letterman in football and a two-year letterman in track at Elk Grove High School. The Sacramento Bee, named him Player-of-the-Year for his senior stats in both football and track (200 meters, 4×100 relay and shot put). He continued his football career at the University of Arizona, where he majored in sociology. Briggs was a two-time, first team All Pac-10 Conference choice and the 68th overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft.

Briggs retired from the NFL earlier this year after thirteen seasons with the Chicago Bears. In 2011, he became the ninth player in franchise history to be voted to seven Pro Bowls. Briggs tied records for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns of any linebacker in the NFL.

Off the field, Briggs has long embraced the local community. He is well known for his philanthropic efforts to help at-risk youth through his foundation, Briggs4Kidz. For several years, Briggs has hosted a series of non-contact football camps throughout Illinois, Arizona and Northern California — teaching kids ages 9-17 football fundamentals, the importance of hard work and teamwork.

“On and off the field, Lance has shown a remarkable strength in character and an unparalleled commitment to service and professionalism,” said Mayor Gary Davis. “The NFL called him east to pursue his success, but he returned home again and again to invest in Elk Grove through his youth sports camps and its business community. As this key demonstrates, the door is always open to Lance at City Hall.”

Briggs will be the third recipient of a Key to the City since the program’s inception in 2013. The Key to the City is an honorary gesture of appreciation and welcome reserved for notable Elk Grove residents who have made outstanding contributions benefiting the community.

About the Events…

Double Nickel Smokehouse in Elk Grove will host special lunch hours on November 6 for family, friends and fans to attend a special presentation by Mayor Davis honoring Briggs in his hometown. Briggs and childhood friend, Cameron Lee, opened Double Nickel Smokehouse in 2014.

Where: 3443 Laguna Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95758
When: Friday November 6
Time:   Noon to 1:00 pm
Cost:    FREE

Briggs will also be recognized during pre-game activities at the first ever City of Elk Grove Night with the Kings on November 6. This presentation by Mayor Davis before thousands of local sports fans at an ESPN nationally televised game will recognize Briggs for his success, his contributions to the region’s student athletics, and local philanthropy. Tickets sold at the game that night will support the Elk Grove Food Bank, one of Brigg’s numerous local partners.

Where: Sleep Train Arena
When: Friday November 6
Time:   7:30 pm
Cost:    Discounted tickets at Promo Code: ElkGrove

For more information about the Key to the City program, visit or contact Public Affairs Manager Kristyn Nelson at 916-478-2206 or

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