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- Updated: January 10, 2014
As reported a couple of weeks ago, Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson may undergo knee surgery, and now will be held out of the Pro Bowl. Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been named as Johnson’s replacement, as the second-year player enjoyed a breakout season. It’s a great moment from Jeffery, who was once told by former USC head coach Lane Kiffin, that he would be pumping gas for a living after rejecting USC’s offer.
“Just being from where I came from to where I am now, what I’m doing it’s just special to be part of the success we’re having as a team. “I want to thank my Mama and my family. I’m going to continue to make you all proud.”
In his second season with the Bears, where he played with both Josh McCown and Jay Cutler, Jeffery had 89 catches, for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. Playing opposite of Brandon Marshall not only helped propel Jeffery to sixth in receiving yards, 10th in receptions, and tied for 23rd in touchdowns, but gave the Bears their first pair of Pro Bowl receivers in franchise history.
Towards the end of the 2013 season, Jeffery lit up the stat sheet and highlight reels with numerous outstanding catches.
Here’s film of his entire 2013 highlights:
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