Sep 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown run during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field. The Bears won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
As for Forte, he joins Adrian Peterson, Jamal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch as the running backs. Just as Jeffery may have been hurt by the non-conference format, Forte may have been the beneficiary of the new twist. With five NFC running backs earning a trip and only Jamal Charles representing the AFC. I’m not sure Forte would have made the NFC team had they only had three NFC running backs going to Hawaii. For a complete listing of offensive Pro Bowlers, visit NFL.com. This is Forte’s second Pro Bowl.
Another notable absence for the Bears are any defensive players. It’s the first time since 2004 that there will be no Chicago Bears defensive players making the trip to Hawaii. Former Pro Bowlers Henry Melton, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman have missed time due to injuries, while Julius Peppers seems to have lost a step in 2013. The only Bears defender who might have merited consideration is cornerback Tim Jennings, who’s had stellar games holding together the Bears’ secondary in Peanut Tillman’s absence. It’s hard to argue against the choices who did make the list though. For a complete list of defensive Pro Bowlers, click here.
What do you think? Was Jeffery snubbed? Did any other Bears get snubbed? Do you even care?