The NFL All-Decade Team for the 2010s that was announced Monday includes four Bears: Defensive end Julius Peppers, outside linebacker Khalil Mack, and kickoff returners Devin Hester and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Peppers spent the first four seasons of the decade with the Bears. Starting all 64 games during that span, he recorded 37.5 sacks, 47 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, 10 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He also scored a touchdown on a 42-yard fumble return in a 40-23 win over the Steelers on Sept. 22, 2013.
Peppers was named first-team All-Pro in 2010 when he helped the Bears win the NFC North with an 11-5 record and was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons in Chicago. He tied for the Bears' lead with 8.0 sacks in 2010 and then topped the defense with 11.0 sacks in 2011, 11.5 in 2012 and 7.5 in 2013.
Mack has been voted to five straight Pro Bowls, three with the Raiders from 2015-2017 and two with the Bears in 2018-19. In Oakland, he became the first player in NFL history to be named first-team All-Pro at two different positions in 2015 and was named NFL defensive player of the year in 2016.
Mack continued to dominate after being acquired by the Bears in a blockbuster trade on Sept. 1, 2018. He made an immediate impact in the season opener against the Packers, becoming the first player in NFL history to produce a sack, interception, touchdown, forced fumble and fumble recovery in one half.
Mack was voted first-team All-Pro in 2018 after leading the Bears with 12.5 sacks, a career-high six forced fumbles and 18 quarterback hits. He also ranked second on the team with 10 tackles-for-loss. Mack's 12.5 sacks were the most by a Bears player since Hall of Famer Richard Dent also had 12.5 sacks in 1993 and tied for the third most in franchise history behind Dent's 17.5 in 1984 and 17.0 in 1985.
Last season Mack led the Bears with 8.5 sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, five forced fumbles and 14 quarterback hits.
Hester played eight of his 11 NFL seasons with the Bears, including the first four of last decade. The most prolific return specialist in league history, he holds NFL records with 19 kick-return touchdowns, 14 punt-return TDs and 20 return touchdowns, which includes punts, kickoffs, missed field goals, fumbles and interceptions.
Selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2006 draft out of Miami, Hester was voted to three Pro Bowls and won 13 special teams player of the week awards. He will be eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2022.
Hester returned three punts for scores in 2010, two punts and one kickoff for TDs in 2011 and one punt for a touchdown in 2013. The Florida native led the NFL in punt-return average with 17.1 yards in 2010 and 16.2 yards in 2011. He remains the Bears' all-time leader in punt-return yards (3,241), kickoff-return yards (5,504), total kick-return yards (8,745), punt returns (264) and kickoff returns (222).
Patterson spent only the final season of the decade with the Bears. In 2019, he finished second in the NFL with a 29.5-yard average on 28 kickoff returns, including a 102-yard touchdown against the Saints, and led the league with 825 kick-return yards.
The 6-2, 238-pounder helped the Bears top the NFL in kickoff return average (26.6 yards) in 2019 after ranking last in the league (19.1) in 2018. Patterson was voted to the Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro by Associated Press, Sporting News and the Pro Football Writers of America.
Patterson joined the Bears after spending his first six NFL seasons with the Vikings (2013-16), Raiders (2017) and Patriots (2018). He ranks second in NFL history with a 29.9-yard average on 203 kickoff returns and is third on the league's all-time list with seven kickoff return touchdowns, one behind co-leaders Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington.