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Bears Tim Jennings, Brandon Marshall, Henry Melton, Julius Peppers and Charles Tillman make Pro Bowl

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Barring a Super Bowl run, the Bears will be well represented at the Pro Bowl.

Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive tackle Henry Melton, defensive end Julius Peppers and cornerback Charles Tillman all were named to the Pro Bowl roster for the NFC.

Jennings and Melton are first-time selections, while Tillman was named to his second, Peppers his eighth and Marshall his fourth.

The game will be held Jan. 27 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

The most surprising selection is Jennings, especially considering the 2011 season he had. Jennings dropped several interceptions, and he was even benched late in the season. But he committed himself to improving his hands, and he currently leads the NFL with eight interceptions.

"This is a good moment," said Jennings, who turned 29 Monday. "The season hasn't gone as well as I expected or wanted it to. But it's not over yet.

"For the team goals, we've still got goals ahead of us. But this puts me in a good place right now, just as an individual goal for all the hard work I've put into it."

Jennings said his focus heading into 2012 was just to capitalize on his opportunities.

"I wanted to make the best of it. That's what I was able to do," he said. "I'm thankful to the fans, the coaches and the players that kind of recognized the year that I had and voted me into the Pro Bowl.

"It makes me feel like hard work does pay off."

The same could be said for Melton, a running back at the University of Texas who didn't become a full-time starter at defensive tackle for the Bears until last season. But he had seven sacks last season, and he has six in 13 starts this season.

Peppers is tied for seventh in the NFL 11 ½ sacks.

Marshall is second in the NFL in catches (113) and receiving yards (1,466).

Tillman has three defensive touchdowns, and he's forced 10 fumbles on the season.

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I like the fact cornerback Charles Tillman made his second in a row, before last season he was long over due, now he's headed to his second. You gotta also love the fact Tim Jennings is going, the Bears got Jennings for a discount from the Colts. We all pretty much knew receiver Brandon Marshall was a lock to make it, he's among the leagues best receivers and was MVP of the Pro Bowl last season. Julius Peppers just inches closer to the Hall of Fame with his 8th trip, 3rd as a Bear.

The player Im really glad to see make it is former 4th rounder Henry Melton, a player who coming out of Texas was a DE. The Bears were searching for Tommie Harris's replacement at the time of the 2009 draft. Who knew Melton would be that guy. In the 3rd round of that draft Chicago took Jarron Gilbert as a DT prospect. You gotta give Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marnelli his props for moving Melton inside, obviously his better position. Melton has more than took over for Harris, and he was a 4th rounder. Thats nice drafting and developing of a player. The Bears also got right guard Lance Louis in the 7th round of that 2009 draft, he's turning out pretty nice also GO BEARS!!

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