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Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long named to Pro Bowl for second straight season

Fan favorite Kyle Long has endeared himself to teammates and fans alike for his hard-nosed play, passion for the team ethos, and humility despite his achievements.

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The 2014 Chicago Bears have been Disappointing with a capital D, and there have been questions asked about general manager Phil Emery's ability to evaluate talent in light of the widening gulf between the Bears and the Green Bay Packers, but one thing Phil seems to have got right was taking raw, athletic O-lineman Kyle Long in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

According to STATS Kyle Long has yet to allow a sack this season, and our own Lester concurs with this impressive tally.

Long is the only one of the four Bears from last year's Pro Bowl to repeat the trip to Hawaii, the others being Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Tim Jennings; Adam L. Jahns points out that Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and Stephen Paea also were also in contention for places and may end up being invited to attend as replacements, as indeed Long himself was last year.

ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright makes the case that Forte and Jeffery were snubbed, and deserved to go in place of LeSean McCoy and A.J. Green and T.Y. Hilton, respectively.  He also praises Long for being part of an O-line that's helping set franchise historic or near-historic statistics in the passing game, but... ah, this isn't meant to be about Jay Cutler.

A few bits and pieces of interest from Tribune Bears beat reporter Brad Biggs on Twitter:

...while at least one of the aforementioned Bears who missed out wasn't impressed:

Check out the entire Pro Bowl roster pool here.  Do you agree that Kyle Long is deserving, and what do you think of the possible snubs to Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Stephen Paea, and Martellus Bennett?