Despite an 8-6 record with the chance for a 10-6 mark at season’s end, the Chicago Bears will have just one player representing them in this year’s Pro Bowl.
Outside linebacker Lance Briggs has been selected to his fourth straight Pro Bowl. Fellow linebacker Brian Urlacher — a six-time Pro Bowl selection — did not earn a trip back, nor did center Olin Kreutz, who also has been selected to six Pro Bowls.
By no surprise, Devin Hester was not selected as the kick returner due to a poor season that produced no touchdowns. Despite solid seasons, kicker Robbie Gould and punter Brad Maynard were not selected.
And on offense, even though he put up solid numbers, rookie Matt Forte was up against steep odds to make the team because of the talent at the running back position in the NFC. Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, and Clinton Portis were chosen instead.
UPDATE: According to Brad Biggs of the Sun-Times, the Bears have six Pro Bowl alternates including 3rd alternates Devin Hester and Brian Urlacher, 2nd alternates Olin Kreutz, Brad Maynard, and Greg Olsen, and 1st alternate Tommie Harris.
With the Vikings’ Pat Williams out two to six weeks, it’s possible Harris may earn the trip to Hawaii.