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.