LAKE FOREST, IL – Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett was named to the Pro Bowl today, replacing Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who is unable to participate due to his team’s participation in the Super Bowl. This is Bennett’s first career Pro Bowl nod.
Bennett is the first Bears tight end to be named to the Pro Bowl since Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka received the honor for the fifth time following the 1965 season.
In 2014, Bennett led all NFL tight ends with a career-high 90 receptions, ranking third at his position with 916 receiving yards and tied-for-seventh with six receiving touchdowns; setting career highs in all three categories. His 90 receptions set a single-season franchise record for tight ends, breaking Ditka’s mark of 75 set in 1964. Bennett’s 916 receiving yards this past season are second most in single-season franchise annals among tight ends, behind Ditka’s 1,076 in 1961.
Bennett joins G Kyle Long as Bears representatives in this year’s Pro Bowl which will take place on Sunday, January 25, in Glendale, Ariz.