Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett named to Pro Bowl

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Chicago Bears’ tight end Martellus Bennett (83), right, is mobbed by teammates Chicago Bears’ center Roberto Garza (63), left, and Chicago Bears’ offensive guard Kyle Long (75), right, after catching a pass from Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler (6) to score a touchdown in the final minute of the second half of an NFL football […]

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Amid all the anticipation for the upcoming Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, the Chicago Bears made some headlines of their own Monday.

First, they introduced new head coach John Fox. But also, Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was selected to the Pro Bowl, which will be played Sunday.

It is Bennett’s first appearance in the Pro Bowl, and the first for a Bears tight end since Mike Ditka in 1965.

Bennett was selected as a replacement for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will not participate due to his team’s upcoming appearance in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

Bennett led all NFL tight ends with a career-high 90 receptions in 2014. He joins guard Kyle Long as the Bears’ representatives in this year’s Pro Bowl, which will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25 — also in Glendale, Ariz.

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