Azumah returns to form

Jerry Azumah had plenty of chances to return kicks in the highest scoring Pro Bowl in NFL history. The NFC kick returner fielded 7 kicks with an average of 32.6 yards per attempt.

Azumah also had an opportunity to play some cornerback late in the game as the NFC made a dramatic 55-52 comeback. At one point the AFC took a 38-13 lead, but the several turnovers open the door and enabled Marc Bulger to throw a Pro Bowl-record 4 touchdowns passes in route to winning the game and the MVP award.

Azumah recovered a fumble, and added a special teams tackle.

Brian Urlacher the NFC defensive captain did not register a tackle, but showed up on special making a tackle.

Olin Kreutz, the third Bear to be voted to the Pro Bowl, had been slated to start the game but had to pull out because of injury.

Studying abroad
In past years the Bears have been among the league leaders in the number of players allocated to NFL Europe. However Chicago will only send five players to Europe this spring.

Jerry Schumacher, who recently re-signed with the club after being cut during training camp, was the only player to be drafted. Amsterdam took the linebacker in the third-round.

Brooks Barnard might be the player the Bears will keep their eyes on more than any other player because he could supplant Brad Maynard as the team's punter or become a kickoff specialist has not yet been allocated to a team.

Defensive end Cliff Washburn will join Schumacher on Amsterdam's roster. Washburn finished the year on Bears practice squad. DE Israel Idonije and LB Marcus Reese also ended the season on the practice squad will play for Cologne and Berlin respectively.

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