Bears tackle Kyle Long named to 3rd-straight Pro Bowl, replacing Eagles tackle Jason Peters
CHICAGO – Once again, he’s headed back to the NFL’s All-Star game.
Today Kyle Long was named as a replacement for the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, marking the third-straight year in which he’s made it onto the NFC roster. The game takes place at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 31st at 7 PM.
He’s made it onto the team as he replaces Eagles tackle Jason Peters, who will was nominated to the game but will not participate.
“I’m very thankful for the fans that voted and for the continual support from the Chicago Bears fan base,” said Long in a quote posted to the Bears’ Twitter account on Thursday.
This is the first time which Long will appear in the game as a tackle having made it to the game twice as an offensive guard. Right now he is the only member of the Bears on the NFC roster.
Making the Pro Bowl at the tackle position is a major accomplishment for Long even if it wasn’t on the first round of elections considering the quick nature of his transition. The week before the Bears’ opening game against the Packers, head coach John Fox decided to move Long from guard to tackle due to the injury to Jermon Bushrod.
Long would start all 16 games at tackle for the Bears this season, dealing with the highs and the lows of a new position. He was often praised for his play by coaches and teammates yet was told a few times not to be as critical of his own play.
“It’s not easy to do. Especially the timing that we had him do it,” said Bears quarterback Jay Cutler of Long on December 17th. “To be able to switch positions like that it speaks to how talented he is, what kind of character he has. There have been days where it hasn’t gone very well for him and he still keeps battling.
“He’ll continue to keep getting better.”
While not official it’s expected that Long, the Bears’ first round pick out of Oregon in 2013, will continue to play tackle for the team in 2016. Then he’ll try to get a fourth-straight Pro Bowl and maybe his first NFL playoff appearance too.