Five members of the Denver Broncos were named to the 2010 Pro Bowl, the National Football League announced on Tuesday.
Cornerback Champ Bailey, tackle Ryan Clady (starter), safety Brian Dawkins (starter), outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (starter) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall will represent the team at the league’s annual All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 31, at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida at 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Denver’s five Pro Bowl selections mark its most in eight years (7 in 2001) and tie for the seventh most in a season in club history.
Bailey, in his 11th NFL season and sixth year with the Broncos, was named to the Pro Bowl for the ninth time to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes for the most in NFL history at the cornerback position. A team captain, Bailey has started all 15 games for Denver and ranks fourth on the club with 70 tackles (60 solo) while adding three interceptions, 13 pass breakups and one forced fumble.
Named to the Pro Bowl as a Bronco five times (2004-07 and ’09), Bailey is the 10th player in club history with at least five Pro Bowl selections. His five Pro Bowls tie Louis Wright (1977-79, ’83 and ’85) for the most by a cornerback in franchise annals.
Clady, whom the Broncos selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft from Boise State University, was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. A 15-game starter, Clady is only the 11th tackle in NFL history to earn a Pro Bowl selection within his first two professional seasons.
His nomination makes him the first Bronco to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl by his second season since running back Clinton Portis did so in 2003 as a second-year player. Clady is only the third tackle in team history to receive Pro Bowl honors, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman (1995-97) and Tony Jones (1998).
Dawkins, in his 14th NFL season and first year with the Broncos, was named to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time to tie for the third most in NFL history at the safety position. A team captain, Dawkins has started all 15 games and ranks second on the team with 108 tackles (88 solo) while adding two interceptions, 10 pass breakups, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.
Dawkins, whose five takeaways tie for second in the AFC among safeties and equal the team lead, is the sixth safety in Broncos history to earn Pro Bowl accolades and the first since 2007 (John Lynch).
Dumervil, whom the Broncos selected in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft from the University of Louisville, was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. Dumervil leads the NFL with a club single-season record 17 sacks and is looking to become the first league season sack champion in Broncos history.
The fourth-year player has posted a franchise-record seven multiple-sack games that tie for the third most in a season in NFL annals. Appearing in 15 games (13 starts), Dumervil has totaled 48 tackles (41 solo), four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery along with his 17 sacks (88.5 yds.). He is the first Bronco to be named to the Pro Bowl at linebacker since 2006 (Al Wilson).
Marshall, whom the Broncos selected in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft from the University of Central Florida, was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career (2008-09). With 101 receptions (1,120 yds., 10 TDs) in 15 games (13 starts), Marshall became only the fifth player in NFL history to post three consecutive 100-catch seasons.
The fourth-year player, who ranks second in the league in receptions, set an NFL single-game record with 21 catches (200 yds., 2 TDs) at Indianapolis on Dec. 13. His 43 receptions in December (4 games) tied for the most through a team’s four-game period in the league since 1960.
Marshall joins Rod Smith (2000-01, ’05) as the only Broncos in club history to be named to the Pro Bowl multiple times at the wide receiver position.