On Friday, the NFL announced the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl selections. Two members of the Chicago Bears were selected to participate in the 2014 rendition of the NFL Pro Bowl. The two member of the Bears that will be representing the team in Hawaii will be running back Matt Forte and wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Barring an injury on Sunday, Forte will likely exceed his career-high in rushing yards for a single season. Entering play on Sunday, Forte will have rushed for 1,229 yards this season on 267 attempts. Forte needs 10 yards to eclipse his career-high of 1,238 rushing yards. A mark that running back set in his rookie season in 2008.
Forte is also having his best season of his career as a receiver. Forte has set a career high this season in receptions (70) and simply needs 2 yards to eclipse his previous high in receiving yards of 547.
For Forte, this is the second time in the past three years that he has been selected to the Pro Bowl.
“It’s a blessing to be selected to the Pro Bowl for a second time,” Forte said. “God has blessed me so much, and I’m thankful for his grace on and off the field. I’d like to thank the many fans, friends and family for voting for me. But more importantly, I’m thankful to my teammates that helped me to achieve success on the field, especially my offensive linemen who work hard blocking for me every day and receivers who unselfishly work hard down field blocking for me.” -Matt Forte, ESPN Chicago
As for Brandon Marshall, this is the fifth time in his career that the wide receiver has been selected to the Pro Bowl.
On the season, Marshall has compiled 1,221 yards on 94 receptions to go along with 11 touch downs. In his first two seasons with the Bears, Marshall has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of them.
One name who was not on the list of Pro Bowl selections was wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery leads the Bears in receiving yards this season with 1,341 and has established himself as a top-tier receiver during the second half of the 2013 NFL season.
A draft will be held on January 22 to determine what teams the Pro Bowl selections will play on. Beginning this season, the NFL has done away with the NFC-AFC format.