LAKE FOREST, IL – Chicago Bears third-year T Kyle Long was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl today replacing T Jason Peters, who is unable to participate due to injury. He is the first Bears offensive lineman ever to receive the honor in each of his first three professional football seasons.
The 2013 first round draft pick (20th overall) is the first Bears player since Brian Urlacher (2000-02 seasons) to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three professional football seasons and the seventh Bears player to accomplish the feat overall.
Long started all 16 games for the Bears this season at RT and was a part of a Bears offense that ranked third in franchise single-season history in completion percentage (63.9) and interception percentage (2.3), fourth in gross passing yards (3,843) and third-down percentage (42.5), fifth in net passing yards (3,660) and sixth in passer rating (89.7) and total net yards (5,514). Long helped protect QB Jay Cutler who had a career-high 92.3 passer rating while paving way for RB Matt Fortè who was ninth in the NFL this season averaging 99 yards from scrimmage per game.
Long joins Brian Urlacher (2000-02), Gale Sayers (1965-67), Dick Butkus (1965-67), Mike Ditka (1961-63), Rick Casares (1955-57) and Harlon Hill (1945-46) as the only Bears named to the Pro Bowl in each of their first three NFL seasons.