Tackle Ryan Clady (4th selection), cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (1st selection), quarterback Peyton Manning (14th selection), linebacker Von Miller (3rd selection), cornerback Aqib Talib (2nd selection), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (3rd selection), tight end Julius Thomas (2nd selection), safety T.J. Ward (2nd selection) and defensive end DeMarcus Ware (8th selection) received invitations to play in the league’s annual All-Star Game that will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (6 p.m. MST kickoff, ESPN).
In addition to representing the most selections in the NFL this season, Denver’s nine Pro Bowlers this year tie for the second most in team history (1998 – 10; 1996 – 9).
Seven of Denver’s nine selections were either drafted or signed by Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway during the last three years, including three defensive starters (Talib, Ward & Ware) acquired this past offseason.
|DENVER BRONCOS 2014 PRO BOWL SELECTIONS||MOST PRO BOWL SELECTIONS,|
|Chris Harris Jr.||CB||1st||1.||1998||10|
DENVER BRONCOS PRO BOWL CAPSULES
T RYAN CLADY
Clady’s four Pro Bowl selections are the most by an offensive tackle in team history and trail only center Tom Nalen’s five sections among Broncos offensive linemen.
After spending the majority of the 2013 season injured reserve, Clady returned to start all 15 games for the Broncos this year, helping the Broncos surrender the fewest sacks (16) in the NFL while ranking fourth in total offense (399.7 ypg).
MOST PRO BOWL SELECTIONS BY A BRONCOS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN
Harris Jr. is the only Bronco selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2014. Signed by the Broncos as a college free agent in 2011, he is one of just six undrafted cornerbacks in pro football history to make a Pro Bowl with his original team.
Returning from a torn ACL suffered in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game last season, Harris Jr. has started all 15 games for the Broncos this year and ranks second in the NFL with a 47.3 quarterback rating against him (source: Pro Football Focus).
UNDRAFTED CORNERBACKS TO MAKE A PRO BOWL WITH THEIR ORIGINAL TEAM
|Player||Team||Rookie Yr.||First Pro Bowl|
|Emmitt Thomas||Kansas City||1966||1971*|
|Chris Harris Jr.||Denver||2011||2014|
|*Named an AFL All-Star before being selected to the Pro Bowl|
Manning’s Pro Bowl selection is the 14th of his career, tying center Bruce Matthews and tight end Tony Gonzalez for the most in NFL history.
Through 15 games this season, the five-time NFL MVP has completed 374-of-560 passes (66.8%) for 4,454 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions (102.9 rtg.).
MOST PRO BOWL SELECTIONS, NFL HISTORY
|1.||Peyton Manning||QB||14||Indianapolis (1999-2000, '02-10); Denver (2012-14)|
|Bruce Matthews||C||14||Houston (1988-2001)|
|Tony Gonzalez||TE||14||Kansas City (1999-2008); Atlanta (2010-13)|
|4.||Jerry Rice||WR||13||San Francisco (1986-96, '98); Oakland (2002)|
|Reggie White||DE||13||Philadelphia (1986-92); Green Bay (1993-98)|
|Ray Lewis||LB||13||Baltimore (1997-2001, ’03-04, ’06-11)|
Miller is the fifth Broncos linebacker to be selected to at least three Pro Bowls and just the sixth player in team history to make at least three Pro Bowls in his first four years in the league.
In 15 starts this season, Miller leads the Broncos with 13 sacks (75.5 yds.) to go along with 55 tackles (39 solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
|MOST PRO BOWL SELECTIONS||MOST PRO BOWLS BY A BRONCO|
|BY A BRONCOS LINEBACKER||IN FIRST FOUR NFL SEASONS|
|1.||Randy Gradishar||7||Floyd Little||RB||3*|
|2.||Karl Mecklenburg||6||Riley Odoms||TE||3|
|3.||Al Wilson||5||Steve Atwater||S||3|
|4.||Von Miller||3||Terrell Davis||RB||3|
|Tom Jackson||3||Ryan Clady||T||3|
|*Includes one AFL All-Star selection|
Talib, who was signed by the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent in March, is a Pro Bowler for the second consecutive season after making the squad with New England last year.
In 14 starts for the Broncos this year, he has totaled a team-best four interceptions (62 yds., 2 TDs) and 17 passes defensed in addition to 59 tackles (51 solo) and one forced fumble. Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against San Diego on Dec. 14, Talib is one of just three NFL cornerbacks this season to post at least 50 tackles, four interceptions and 15 passes defensed.
CORNERBACKS WITH AT LEAST 50 TT, 4 INTs & 15 PDs, NFL, 2014
|Buster Skrine, Cle.||50||4||18|
|Aqib Talib, Den.||51||4||17|
|Perrish Cox, S.F.||49||5||18|
Thomas earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl selection to join Broncos Ring of Famer Rod Smith (2000-01, ’05) as the only receivers in franchise history to be named to at least three all-star games.
With 103 receptions for 1,504 yards (14.6 avg.) with 11 touchdowns this year, Thomas’ nine 100-yard receiving games lead the NFL and represent a team record.
|MOST REC. YARDS, SINGLE SEASON,||MOST 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES,|
|BRONCOS HISTORY||NFL, 2014|
|1.||Rod Smith, 2000||1,602||1.||Demaryius Thomas, Den.||9|
|2.||Demaryius Thomas, 2014||1,504||2.||Emmanuel Sanders, Den.||7|
|3.||Brandon Lloyd, 2010||1,448||Antonio Brown, Pit.||7|
|4.||Demaryius Thomas, 2012||1,434||Julio Jones, Atl.||7|
|5.||Demaryius Thomas, 2013||1,430||Jordy Nelson, G.B.||7|
Thomas is a Pro Bowler for the second consecutive year after becoming the first tight end in NFL history to record 12 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
With 43 receptions for 489 yards (11.4 avg.) to go along with his team-high 12 touchdowns, Thomas joins Shannon Sharpe (7) and Riley Odoms (4) as the only three tight ends in team history to make multiple Pro Bowls.
|MOST SEASONS WITH 12 TOUCHDOWNS||MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS BY A|
|TIGHT ENDS, NFL HISTORY||TIGHT END, BRONCOS HISTORY|
|1.||Julius Thomas||2||2013-14||1.||Julius Thomas||2014||12|
|Vernon Davis, S.F.||2||2009, ‘13||Julius Thomas||2013||12|
|Antonio Gates, S.D.||2||2004, ‘14||3.||Shannon Sharpe||1998||10|
|Rob Gronkowski, N.E.||2||2011, ‘14||Shannon Sharpe||1996||10|
|3.||Jimmy Graham, N.O.||1||2013||5.||Shannon Sharpe||1993||9|
|Wesley Walls, Car.||1||1999|
|Todd Christensen, LAA||1||1983|
|Jerry Smith, Was.||1||1967|
|Mike Ditka, Chi.||1||1961|
Like Talib, Ward was signed by Denver as an unrestricted free agent in March coming off his first career Pro Bowl season (with Cleveland).
Ward ranks second on the Broncos with 74 tackles (60 solo) on the year in addition to two sacks (23 yds.), two interceptions (55 yds.) and six passes defensed. He is one of just three NFL defensive backs this season to record at least 70 tackles while posting multiple sacks and interceptions.
NFL DEFENSIVE BACKS WITH AT LEAST 70 TT, 2 SACKS & 2 INTs, NFL, 2014
|Michael Griffin, Ten.||103||2||3|
|Harrison Smith, Min.||88||5||3|
|T.J. Ward, Den.||74||2||2|
Ware, who was signed by the Broncos during the offseason, is making his eighth Pro Bowl appearance to tie for the most selections among active NFL defensive players.
The 10th-year player ranks second on the Broncos with 10 sacks (56.5 yds.) to go along with 38 tackles (31 solo), one interception (3 yds.), one pass defensed and two forced fumbles.
MOST PRO BOWL SELECTIONS AMONG ACTIVE NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS