ENGLEWOOD, Colo. Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins were two of 12 Pro Bowl players named to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, the NFL announced on Wednesday.
The NFL All-Decade teams are chosen every 10 years by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee members. Bailey and Dawkins are the ninth and 10th players in franchise history to be named to an NFL All-Decade Team, marking the fourth consecutive decade the Broncos have placed at least one player on the team.
Bailey, whose nine Pro Bowl selections for the decade are the most among NFL defensive players, is one of 13 players in NFL history (since 1970 merger) to be selected to nine or more Pro Bowls in a decade. His 41 interceptions since 2000 rank first among league cornerbacks and third overall. He was the runner up for the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors, as he recorded career highs in tackles (98), interceptions (10) and passes defensed (30).
This is one of the greatest honors that you can have in this league other than team things, Bailey said. As far as personal goals, this one never really crossed my mind. You always try to be the best you can be. I would like to thank my family, teammates and coaches for helping me achieve this tremendous award. I would not be where I am without them.
Dawkins, who was named a Pro Bowl starter this season, has seven Pro Bowl selections to his credit for the decade to tie John Lynch for the most among league safeties during that span. His 26 forced fumbles since 2000 are the most by a safety in the NFL and his 24 interceptions are the seventh most by a player at his position for the decade.
This is a tremendous honor for me to be recognized as one of the best out of all the safeties who have played in the NFL this decade, Dawkins said. To know Ive been able to do the things Ive been able to do, with the help of my teammates, to earn a spot on the leagues All-decade team means a lot.
The rest of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team will be announced during the 2010 Pro Bowl on Sunday. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 7:20 p.m. EST from Sun Life Stadium in South Florida.
|DENVER BRONCOS NAMED TO NFL ALL-DECADE TEAMS, SINCE 1970 MERGER|
|DECADE||PLAYER||POS.||YEARS WITH DENVER|
|Shannon Sharpe||TE||1990-99, '02-03|
|* - Also named to 1980s NFL All-Decade Team with Minnesota|