LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears were notified by the NFL today that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been added as a selection to the 2014 Pro Bowl. Jeffery is replacing Calvin Johnson who is unable to participate due to injury.
Jeffery will be making his first career Pro Bowl appearance after ranking sixth in the NFL in receiving yards (1,421) and seventh in yards from scrimmage (1,526; which ranked second in the league among wide receivers). Jeffery had 89 receptions and seven touchdown catches in his sophomore year in the NFL, ranking 10th in the league in receptions.
"Just being from where I came from to where I am now, what I'm doing…it's just special to be part of the success we're having as a team," Jeffery said. "I want to thank my Mama and my family. I'm going to continue to make you all proud."
His 1,421 receiving yards in 2013 are second most in single-season franchise history and his 89 receptions are sixth most.
Jeffery is the third Bears player to be named to the 2014 Pro Bowl joining: RB Matt Forté and fellow WR Brandon Marshall. Jeffery and Marshall are the first pair of Bears wide receivers to be named to the Pro Bowl in the same season.
"I'm extremely blessed and thankful for the opportunity to play in the Pro Bowl. I want to thank (wide receivers) Coach (Mike) Groh, (Head) Coach (Marc) Trestman and the rest of my teammates for putting me in a position to succeed this season," Jeffery added. "Thanks to all the fans for all of the support this season and I'm looking forward to playing with Brandon and Matt in Hawaii."
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