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4 Bears make the Pro Bowl

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Kick returner Devin Hester, defensive end Julius Peppers and linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs will represent the Bears at the 2011 Pro Bowl.

It’s the sixth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance for Briggs, who joins Dick Butkus (eight), Bill George (eight) and Mike Singletary (10) as the only linebackers in Bears history to go to at least six in a row.

It’s the third Pro Bowl for Hester, who leads the league with a 17.1-yard average on punt returns and a 35.6-yard average on kickoff returns. He has three punt returns for touchdowns this season.

Peppers (sixth Pro Bowl) is the first Bears defensive end selected since Richard Dent in 1993. Urlacher, who leads the Bears in tackles and tackles for loss, is the eighth Bear to be voted to seven Pro Bowls.

Neil Hayes

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