Denver Broncos Lead NFL With Nine Pro Bowlers

Quarterback Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos looks at the scoreboard during the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Miami Dolphins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on November, 23 2014. (Photo by Tim Rasmussen/The Denver Post)
Quarterback Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos looks at the scoreboard during the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Miami Dolphins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on November, 23 2014. (Photo by Tim Rasmussen/The Denver Post)

The Super Bowl may go through New England and Seattle.

The Pro Bowl goes through Dove Valley.

No team has more Pro Bowl selections than the Broncos. The NFL announced Tuesday that nine Broncos have made the Pro Bowl team, including cornerback Chris Harris for the first time and Peyton Manning for a 14th, extending his record for quarterbacks.

Harris is one of five defensive Broncos to be honored, joining fellow cornerback Aqib Talib, strong safety T.J. Ward, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and strongside linebacker Von Miller.

Manning, receiver Demaryius Thomas, tight end Julius Thomas and left tackle Ryan Clady are the four offensive players who were named.

Nine Pro Bowlers speak to how far John Elway has brought the Broncos since he took charge of the team’s football operations in 2011. The question going forward is: Can they all become Super Bowlers?

The Broncos have been on such a remarkable run in recent years, it’s difficult to believe that as recently as 2010, the team was 4-12 and had just two Pro Bowlers — cornerback Champ Bailey and receiver Brandon Lloyd.

The talent level has since soared dramatically. Elway has acquired seven of the Broncos’ nine Pro Bowlers since 2011. Clady and Demaryius Thomas were the only Pro Bowlers Elway inherited.

It’s the team’s largest Pro Bowl group since 1998 when Elway in his final year at quarterback was one of 10 Broncos honored.

Besides the nine Broncos who made the Pro Bowl team, receiver Emmanuel Sanders was selected a second alternate and running back C.J. Anderson was a sixth alternate — even though he has only played more than a handful of snaps in just seven games.

This season’s Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 25 at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Ari. — the same place where Super Bowl XLIX will be played a week later.

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SOURCE: The Denver Post
Mike Klis

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