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Prelude To A Comback? John Lynch Named To Pro Bowl

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Denver Broncos safety John Lynch has been named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, the National Football League informed the Broncos on Tuesday.

Lynch initially was selected as a first alternate to the league's annual all-star game, but an injury to Indianapolis safety Bob Sanders resulted in him being chosen to participate in the Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive season and ninth time in his career.

His nine career Pro Bowl selections as a safety mark the second-highest total in NFL history, trailing only the 10 Pro Bowl nominations earned by Ken Houston from 1970-79 with the Oilers and Redskins. Lynch joins cornerback Champ Bailey as the Broncos' representatives at the Pro Bowl, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at 2:30 p.m. MST and televised by FOX.

A 15-year player who has spent the last four seasons in Denver, Lynch appeared in 13 games (12 starts) in 2007 and ranked second among the Broncos' defensive backs with 62 tackles (48 solo). He also posted one sack (11 yds.) and three pass breakups for the season.

Lynch has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his four years (2004-07) as a Bronco since joining the club as a free agent from Tampa Bay, and that streak ties for the third longest in club history. He was voted to five Pro Bowls (1997 and 1999-2002) while spending his first 11 professional seasons with the Buccaneers.

In their 48-year history, the Broncos have had 54 players receive a total of 140 individual Pro Bowl nominations.