Washington named to Pro Bowl Squad

LAKE FOREST, IL - Chicago defensive tackle Ted Washington was named to the 2002 NFC Pro Bowl team today.

"I was sure happy to hear the news about Ted Washington getting to play in the Pro Bowl. He certainly deserves it," Dick Jauron said.

Washington joins teammates center Olin Kreutz, offensive tackle James Williams, special teams standout Larry Whigham and linebacker Brian Urlacher on the NFC squad.

"I feel good, it was well deserved," Washington said. "I'll go out and represent my team. It's always (good) to get the respect of your teammates, peers, fans, coaches. The trip is expensive even though you only get one free ticket, but this year it's going to cost me."

Washington, named to the NFL's All-Pro team Jan. 5, makes his second consecutive trip to Hawaii and earns his fourth Pro Bowl selection overall (1997, 1998 and 2000), representing the AFC for the Buffalo Bills. Washington anchors the Bears' defensive line which ranked first in scoring and second in rushing yards allowed per game. The 11-year NFL veteran had 50 tackles for the Bears in 2001 with five passes defended and 1.5 quarterback sacks.

Washington was most proud of the fact that made the squad in his first year in the NFC.

"That's major respect for me coming from the AFC with my Pro Bowls there then moving to a new team for the first year accomplishing the same thing that's a great thing for me," he said.

Washington was named the squad's first alternate in December and will replace Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive tackle Warren Sapp in the annual AFC-NFC battle to be played in Hawaii on Saturday, February 9.

The five Chicago Pro Bowl representatives mark the most Bears players selected since 1992 when RB Neal Anderson, S Mark Carrier, S Shaun Gayle, C Jay Hilgenberg and LB Mike Singletary were voted into the annual all-star game. The Bears have sent one player each of the last two years with Glyn Milburn earning a selection in 2000 and Urlacher earning his first trip last year as a rookie.

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