Peppers to replace Pierre-Paul in Pro Bowl
Bears defensive end Julius Peppers watches a Bulls game from courtside at the United Center earlier this month. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Tribune Photo
By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter 9:56 a.m. CST, January 23, 2012
The New York Giants’ gain turns out to be Julius Peppers’ gain.
The Chicago Bears defensive end was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster Monday as a replacement for Jason Pierre-Paul, who cannot participate in Sunday’s all-star game as he and his Giants teammates wil be preparing for Super Bowl XLVI.
Peppers, who led the Bears with 11 sacks in his second season with the club, was a Pro Bowl alternate. Now, he is a Pro Bowler for the seventh time in his 10-year NFL career.
Peppers becomes the first Bears defensive end to be selected to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons since Hall of Famer Richard Dent in 1985-86. Peppers will join cornerback Charles Tillman, special teamer Corey Graham and running back Matt Forte. Linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs backed out of the game because of injuries.
Pierre-Paul led the Giants with 16 ½ sacks.