With NFL conference championship week having come and gone, there are less than two weeks until the Super Bowl. Here's a look at three former North Carolina football players who stood out for their teams this year.
Mitchell Trubisky, quarterback — Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears drafted Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL draft after the team finished the 2016 season with the most losses (13) by a Bears team since 1969. Two years later, Trubisky was named the Bears first Pro Bowl quarterback since Jim McMahon in 1985. This comes after the second-year pro and first-year head coach Matt Nagy successfully led the Bears to their first NFC North title since the 2010 season.
To call the 2018 season a breakout year for Trubisky would be a severe understatement. In just his second year as a pro, he posted the third-highest total quarterback rating in the regular season, trailing only Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees. Trubisky's completion percentage rose over seven points and he threw for over a thousand more yards and 17 additional touchdowns compared to his rookie season.
Although much of Trubisky's newfound success was overshadowed by the noise of the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL and Nagy's controversial decision to keep rocking the bald-guy-in-a-visor look, Trubisky's quiet efficiency from his junior season at UNC has arrived in Chicago.