Bears' Akiem Hicks Cares About Opponents' Respect, Not Pro Bowl Voting

November 13, 2018 - 1:51 pm
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(670 The Score) Voting for the Pro Bowl opened up Tuesday morning, and the first-place Bears have some players on track to be honored among the NFL's best this season.

Among the players deserving of Pro Bowl consideration is defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who has posted 19 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles on the season. He's officially listed on the Pro Bowl balloting as a defensive tackle as opposed to a defensive end, which may draw him more votes because his statistics will look better relatively better.

Which all begs the question: Does Hicks care about the Pro Bowl voting? Not the fan balloting, as he explained on the Mully & Haugh Show on Tuesday.

"I feel like I've had (a Pro Bowl-caliber) kind of season the last couple years," Hicks said. "But do I put any value in what people are going to vote or where they sit me at in the positioning for my position? Not very much, man, because a lot of (fans) don't really know what they're talking about. 

"What I find that gives me the most joy is having the respect and my admiration of my opponent."

The Pro Bowl roster is determined by the consensus of voting between fans, players and coaches, with each making up one-third of the vote. The Bears didn't have a single player in the Pro Bowl last season, something certain to change as they have reached 6-3 on the season and already topped their win total of a year ago.

The Bears (6-3) host the Vikings (5-3-1) in a key game at Soldier Field this Sunday night, their second of three division games to be played in a 12-day stretch.

"We know it's a lot of work to maintain that position," Hicks said. "It's been a battle to get to the spot that we're at. This 12-day stretch where we have three games is going to be pivotal in how we finish the rest of the season."