9 Broncos selected to Pro Bowl
players named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night, while four teams were shut out
among the initial selections.
For the second year in a row the two teams will be selected via a draft, a
setup that replaced the old AFC-NFC format.
Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin were selected in
July as alumni captains for the game, which will be held Jan. 25 at University
of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, site of the Super Bowl a week later.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Tennessee
Titans did not have a player named among the initial selections.
Quarterback Peyton Manning led the nine Broncos selected, making the Pro Bowl
for an NFL-high 14th time.
Two of Manning’s favorite targets, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight
end Julius Thomas, also were named. Another, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders,
did not make it despite a career season.
Among the other apparent snubs were Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham
Jr. and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
New England quarterback Tom Brady was named to his 10th Pro Bowl, leading five
Patriots who were selected.
The four other quarterbacks picked were Dallas’ Tony Romo, Green Bay’s Aaron
Rodgers, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger
Romo’s Cowboys garnered six selections, second-most behind Denver. Green Bay,
Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle joined New England with
five players picked.
It will be the third Pro Bowl played in the same city as the Super Bowl and
first since 2010.
It’s only the second time since the Pro Bowl was first played at Aloha Stadium
in Hawaii in 1980 that the game will be held elsewhere.
The game will return to Hawaii in 2016.
In January, Jerry Rice’s team beat the one captained by fellow Hall of Famer
Deion Sanders 22-21 in Honolulu.