Posted by Matt Clapp | 1/12/2013 02:02:00 PM | All Pro, Brandon Marshall, Charles Tillman, Henry Melton, Julius Peppers, NFL, Pro Bowl, Tim Jennings
The 2012 Associated Press All-Pro team was released on Saturday, and it contains four Chicago Bears.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and cornerback Charles Tillman were two of the 27 NFL players named first-team All-Pro. Additionally, cornerback Tim Jennings and defensive end Julius Peppers were named second-team All-Pro.
Recently, those four players, along with defensive tackle Henry Melton, were named to the NFL Pro Bowl team as well.
After being acquired for two third round picks from the Dolphins in the offseason, Marshall was everything the Bears could've asked for, and more. The veteran wide receiver set Bears single-season records with 118 receptions and 1,508 receiving yards. The 118 receptions tied him (with Wes Welker) for second in the NFL, only behind the Lions' Calvin "Megatron" Johnson (who had 122), and the 1,508 receiving yards placed him third in the NFL. The most incredible thing about Marshall's production is he did it in double or even triple coverage at times.
The Bears' defense led the NFL in takeaways (44) this season, and "Peanut" Tillman was a major reason why. Tillman led the NFL with a ridiculous 10 forced fumbles (or Peanut punches), and had three interceptions returned for touchdowns, tying the 31-year-old for the NFL lead in that category with Rams rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Opposite Tillman at cornerback for the Bears was Jennings, and all he did was lead the NFL in interceptions with nine. Quite an outstanding season for a guy that lost his starting cornerback position with the Bears towards the end of the 2011 season.
As for Peppers, the 32-year-old battled a foot injury all season, but fought through it to play all 16 games and get 11.5 sacks, the fourth-highest season total in his remarkable career. Peppers didn't look quite like his usual self at times during the year, but really came on in the final three games, with 4.5 sacks over that time.
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