Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (3rd selection), outside linebacker Von Miller (5th selection) and cornerback Aqib Talib (4th selection) received invitations to play in the league’s annual All-Star Game that will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (6 p.m. MST kickoff, ESPN).
In addition to Denver’s selections, six Broncos are listed as Pro Bowl alternates: center Matt Paradis, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, safety Darian Stewart, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, safety T.J. Ward and defensive end Derek Wolfe.
All three of Denver’s Pro Bowl selections were either drafted or signed by Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway during the last five years. The three players have combined for 11 Pro Bowl selections since joining the Broncos.
DENVER BRONCOS 2016 PRO BOWL SELECTIONS
|Chris Harris Jr.||3|
DENVER BRONCOS PRO BOWL CAPSULES
CB CHRIS HARRIS JR.
Harris Jr. is a Pro Bowl selection for the third consecutive season. Signed by the Broncos as a college free agent in 2011, he is one of just five undrafted cornerbacks in pro football history to make three or more Pro Bowls with his original team.
Harris Jr. has started all 14 games for the Broncos this year and has totaled 58 tackles (53 solo), two interceptions (36 yds.), 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
UNDRAFTED CORNERBACKS TO MAKE THREE OR MORE PRO BOWLS WITH THEIR ORIGINAL TEAM
|Player||Team||Pro Bowls with original team|
|Cornell Green||Dallas||5 (1967-69, '71'72)*|
|Emmitt Thomas||Kansas City||5 (1968, '71-72, '74-75)*|
|Robert James||Buffalo||3 (1972-74)|
|Everson Walls||Dallas||4 (1981-83, '85)|
|Chris Harris Jr.||Denver||3 (2014-16)|
|*Totals include AFL All-Star selections|
Miller, a Pro Bowler for the third consecutive season, is the fourth Broncos linebacker to be selected to at least five Pro Bowls. He joins safety Steve Atwater and cornerback Champ Bailey as the only players in team history to make five Pro Bowls in their first six years with the team.
In 14 starts this season, Miller leads the Broncos and ranks second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks (65 yds.) to go along with 65 tackles (52 solo), three passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
|MOST PRO BOWL SELECTIONS||MOST PRO BOWLS IN FIRST|
|BY A BRONCOS LINEBACKER||SIX SEASONS WITH BRONCOS|
|1.||Randy Gradishar||7||1.||Von Miller||LB||5|
|2.||Karl Mecklenburg||6||Champ Bailey||CB||5|
|3.||Al Wilson||5||Steve Atwater||S||5|
|4.||Von Miller||4||4.||John Lynch||S||4|
|5.||Tom Jackson||3||Trevor Pryce||DL||4|
|*Total includes AFL All-Star selections|
Talib, who was signed by the Broncos in 2014, is a Pro Bowler for the third consecutive season with Denver and the fourth straight year overall (New England, 2013). He joins Patrick Peterson (Ari.) and Richard Sherman (Sea.) as the only three NFL cornerbacks to make the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons.
In 11 starts for the Broncos this year, Talib leads the team with three interceptions (86 yds., 1 TD) and 12 passes defensed in addition to recording 35 tackles (27 solo).
NFL CORNERBACKS TO MAKE THE PRO BOWL IN EACH OF THE LAST FOUR SEASONS
|Aqib Talib||New England/Denver|