Julius Peppers

Four current and former Bears make Pro Football Hall of Fame's all-decade team

Four current and former Bears make Pro Football Hall of Fame's all-decade team

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its all-decade team for the 2010s and the Bears are well represented.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, all of the Bears on the list are on defense and special teams. Julius Peppers, Khalil Mack, Devin Hester and Cordarrelle Patterson are the honorees who wore Bears colors in the 2010s.

Hester was a punt returner on the 2000s team. Now he joins Patterson as the two kick returners on the 2010s team.

Peppers got two of his six All-Pro recognitions with the Bears in the 2010s and is one of four defensive ends to make the cut.

Mack, who joined the Bears in 2018, is one of six linebackers on the all-decade team. He is a five-time Pro Bowler, was Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 when he was with the Raiders and a three-time first team All-Pro pick, including his first season with the Bears. 

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Bears All-Decade Team: Khalil Mack, Julius Peppers on the edge

Bears All-Decade Team: Khalil Mack, Julius Peppers on the edge

The Chicago Bears wrapped up their 100th season of football in disappointing fashion, but the 2010s provided Bears fans with some fun moments and personalities to cheer for.

In this nine-part series, we'll name our Bears All-Decade Team.

First up: Edge defenders

Khalil Mack

It was arguably the biggest trade in the NFL in decades when GM Ryan Pace pulled the trigger on a move that would send multiple first-round picks to the Raiders for Mack on the eve of the 2018 regular season. And it was a move that instantly changed the fortunes of a city that was so desperate for a winner.

Mack made an immediate impact in his first year with the Bears, registering 12.5 sacks in a 12-4 season that saw Chicago win the NFC North and host a playoff game. He wasn't as successful in 2019 (he finished with 8.5 sacks), but his superstar presence on the Bears defense has flipped the narrative about this franchise from a club that's a perennial underachiever to a team with legitimate championship aspirations.

Sure, Mack has only been a Bear for two of the last 10 years, but there's simply no contest when it comes to edge defenders who belong on this list.

Julius Peppers

Prior to the Mack trade, the biggest acquisition the Bears made in the 2010s on defense was the signing of Peppers in free agency. He signed a six-year, $91.5 million deal in 2010 and lived up to his contract during his four seasons in Chicago.

Peppers had 37.5 sacks for the Bears, including two seasons with 11 or more. He was a massive part of their playoff run in 2010; like Mack, he flipped Chicago from a middling club into a squad that came one game away from the Super Bowl that year.

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Chicago's chosen son may soon play with the enemy. 

According to reports on Thursday, Derrick Rose is in talks to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal. 

That is indeed hard to imagine, considering the former MVP has spent years battling James for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. But leaving the Windy City to join a rival team isn't a new concept. 

In fact, a few Chicago superstar athletes have done it before: 

-- Chris Chelios, Blackhawks to Red Wings

One of the best defenseman in hockey, Chelios was traded to the Detroit Red Wings after nine productive seasons in Chicago. He hoisted a Stanley Cup not long after and finished his 10-year Red Wings career with 152 points and a plus-158. 

-- Julius Peppers, Bears to Packers

After becoming a cap casualty with the Bears, Peppers chose greener pastures in Wisconsin. The defensive end signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he's tallied 25 sacks in three seasons. 

-- Dexter Fowler, Cubs to Cardinals

Well, at least he won a ring here. Fowler's surprise return to the North Side in 2016 helped boost the Cubs to their first World Series trophy in 108 years, but after winning, the center fielder rightly opted for the money. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal in St. Louis last offseason. 

Watch the video above as Siera Santos and Kelly Crull relive the heartbreak.