Bears defensive end Julius Peppers on Monday was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. Voted a first alternate, Peppers will replace the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul, who will be playing in the Super Bowl.
Julius Peppers led the Bears with 11 sacks in 2011.
Peppers registered a team-high 11 sacks in 2011, the most by a Bears player since Mark Anderson had 11 in 2006. Peppers compiled nine sacks in the final 11 games, reaching double figures for the seventh time in his career. He also recorded five tackles-for-loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Peppers now has 100 career sacks, tied for third most in the NFL since joining the league in 2002. His 36 forced fumbles are fourth most in the NFL during that span.
The Bears now have six players on the NFC Pro Bowl roster, the most since they had eight in 2006. While linebackers Brian Urlacher (knee) and Lance Briggs (ankle) will not play in the game due to injuries, running back Matt Forte, cornerback Charles Tillman and special teams standout Corey Graham are expected to participate in the annual all-star game Sunday in Hawaii.