The Chicago Bears as a team disappointed in 2012, falling out of the playoffs, despite starting 7-3, for the second straight year. Individually though, many players had great seasons.
As a result, four Bears players today were named All Pros by the Associated Press. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and cornerback Charles Tillman were named All Pro starters, while defensive end Julius Peppers and cornerback Tim Jennings made the All Pro second team.
Marshall finished second in the NFL this year in catches (118) and third in receiving yards (1,508), both of which are Bears franchise records. His 11 touchdown receptions were fourth most in the NFL and third most in Chicago history. This is Marshall's second All Pro selection.
Tillman finished second on the team with 85 total tackles. He also had three interceptions, all of which were returned for touchdowns, two fumble recoveries and a league-leading 10 forced fumbles. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 5 and Week 7, and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October. This is Tillman's first All Pro selection.
Jennings led the league in interceptions (9), one of which he returned for a score. He also led Chicago's defense with 21 passes defended. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month in September. This is Jennings' first All Pro selection.
Peppers led the team in sacks (11.5) for the third straight season. He also had two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and a forced fumble, as well as a blocked field goal. This is Peppers' sixth All Pro selection.
All four players were also named to the Pro Bowl, along with defensive tackle Henry Melton.
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