Player selections for the Pro Bowl, which is going to be played on Jan. 30, 2011 in Hawaii, were announced today. Four Bears will be going: Lance Briggs, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher.â†µâ†µ
This will be the sixth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance for Briggs. He is the fourth linebacker in franchise history to be selected to six straight Pro Bowls; the others are Hall of Famers Dick Butkus (eight straight), Bill George (eight) and Mike Singletary (ten).â†µâ†µ
For Hester, it's his third Pro Bowl (2006-07 and now 2010) and he is the only player to represent the Bears in a Pro Bowl as a kick returner in more than one season. He leads the NFL with a 17.1 punt return average and 35.6 kickoff return average (minimum 10 kickoff returns).â†µâ†µ
In his first Bears season, Peppers is again a Pro Bowler -- for the sixth time. He is the first Bears defensive end to receive a Pro Bowl nod since Richard Dent following the 1993 season.â†µâ†µ
Brian Urlacher will be playing in his seventh Pro Bowl (2000-03, 2005-06 and 2010), which makes him the eighth player in team history to be voted to seven Pro Bowls.