Tim Jennings, Kyle Long will play in Pro Bowl
The Bears' defense didn't have much to be proud of this season; one of the few bright spots on the unit was cornerback Tim Jennings. For the second straight year, he's headed to Hawaii to play with the league's best.
The eight-year veteran will replace Seahawks' Richard Sherman in the Pro Bowl following Seattle's berth in the Super Bowl after defeating the 49ers in the NFC title game Sunday.
Jennings played in all 16 games this year. He had 66 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles for the season. He also agreed to a four-year deal a few days after the Bears were eliminated in the NFC North title game Week 17.
Jennings' 13 combined interceptions in the last two years are second in the NFL in that span behind Sherman's 16 picks. Speaking of Sherman, the trash-talking corner had quite the verbal assault on 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree in a post-NFC Championship Game interview.
Meanwhile, the Bears' 2013 first-round pick out of Oregon, Kyle Long, is racking up on awards for his dominant rookie campaign. His latest honor will also be a trip to Hawaii to play in the all-star game, replacing 49ers lineman Mike Iupati who sustained an injury in the NFC title game.
Long will be the first Bears offensive lineman to reach the Pro Bowl since Ruben Brown and Olin Kreutz were selected after the 2006 season. He is also the first rookie to make the team since Johnny Knox was selected as a return man after the 2009 season.
Jennings and Long will join three other Bears players at the all-star game: receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and running back Matt Forte. However, the five Chicago representatives may not be on the same team. A fantasy draft by Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice will determine who plays on each squad.