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Five Bears players selected to Pro Bowl

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Although they won't have a chance to play in the Super Bowl, five Bears players have been selected to the Pro Bowl.

The selections are: LB Lance Briggs, RB Matt Forté, ST Corey Graham, CB Charles Tillman and LB Brian Urlacher. It's the most Pro Bowl selections for the Bears since eight players were named to the Pro Bowl following the 2006 season.

Devin Hester and Julius Peppers are first alternates.

It is the first Pro Bowl selection for Forte, Graham and Tillman. It is the seventh consecutive Pro Bowl nod for Briggs, and he joins Hall of Famers Dick Butkus (eight straight), Bill George (eight) and Mike Singletary (ten) most in a row.

Forté was selected to his first Pro Bowl and is the first Bears running back to be named to the Pro Bowl since Neal Anderson following the 1991 season. Prior to missing the last three contests with a knee injury, Forté led the NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,487), ranked third in the league in rushing yards (997) and ranked fourth among all running backs with 490 yards receiving.

Graham was named to his first Pro Bowl and is the eighth Pro Bowl selection by a Bears special teams player under special teams coordinator Dave Toub.

Urlacher was selected to his eighth Pro Bowl.

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I doubt any of them really deserves the recognition

Tillman, Graham and Forte is well deserved recognition for each, with Tillman a should have been recognized talent for a few of the past years.

Briggs and Urlacher always are very deserving but I had hoped that with 3 all stars on the defense, that this leadership would have not allowed the defensive meltdown that occurred the last five games. Maybe their respective age is catching up to them and with Peppers since he seemed to digress in his performance the last five games as well.

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