5 Bears Voted Into Pro Bowl

Khalil Mack leads the group with his fourth selection.

Chris Emma
December 18, 2018 - 7:07 pm
Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack celebrates with fans after Chicago clinched the NFC North crown.

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(670 The Score) Shut out from the Pro Bowl last season and dismissed by voters in recent years, the Bears will send five players to Orlando for the NFL's all-star showcase game this season.

Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and running back/returner Tarik Cohen were all selected to the Pro Bowl as part of a vote by fans, coaches and players, each accounting for one-third of the ballot.

As the Bears finished in last place in the NFC North in each of their previous four seasons, Pro Bowl honors for them were rare. They didn't have a single player selected initially or as a replacement in 2018 and have sent only six different players to the Pro Bowl since 2014. Now, the Bears are bound for the playoffs, and their team success is being recognized with individual honors.

Mack received his fourth such honor after having been selected while with the Raiders in each of the last three seasons. He has 12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and a pick-six in 12 games. In 2016, Mack was named AP Defensive Player of the Year, an award for which he's again a candidate.

The other four Bears are first-time Pro Bowl selections.

Now in his fifth year with the Bears, Fuller wis having a career year. He's tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions, one short of his combined total from the three seasons prior. 

A second-year pro, Jackson was selected after recording six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns in 14 games this season. He also has 50 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery returned for a score.

Snubbed in previous seasons, Hicks earned the nod by making voters take notice of his importance to the Bears' defense amid its revival. He has 51 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and six sacks in 14 games.

The versatile Cohen earned his place as a specialist while enjoying a stellar second season. He has posted seven total touchdowns this season, including five receiving. He has caught 68 passes for 710 yards while rushing 88 times for 405 yards. Cohen has also averaged 13.3 yards per punt return.

Seven Bears were also selected as Pro Bowl alternates: quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, tight end Trey Burton, tackle Charles Leno Jr., linebacker Roquan Smith, center Cody Whitehair, linebacker Danny Trevathan and linebacker Leonard Floyd.

The Bears could conceivably have additional players added to the Pro Bowl roster as replacements. The game will be played Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. CT at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​