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Bradley Chubb and Justin Simmons earn Pro Bowl nods

The Denver Broncos saw two of their defensive players selected to the 2021 Pro Bowl in Bradley Chubb and Justin Simmons.

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The 2021 NFL Pro Bowl rosters were announced on Monday. Two Denver Broncos players were voted in with outside linebacker Bradley Chubb earning his first ever Pro Bowl nod and got in as a “starter”. Safety Justin Simmons also got his first Pro Bowl nod after being snubbed last year despite earning Second-Team All-Pro honors in 2019.

Chubb, 24, had a slow start to the season as he came back from a long rehab from a knee injury last season. Once he got going, however, he has been among the league leaders in pressure with 30 quarterback pressures while also piling up 19 quarterback hits and 7.5 sacks on the season.

“It’s huge being able to get the Pro Bowl nod after all the things I went through last year with the knee, the rehab, doubting myself and doubting my abilities,” Chubb said. “To be surprised with this honor was huge. The work of my teammates this whole season to help me get here is very much appreciated. I’m thanking everyone in the organization for the opportunity—the trainers, [Head Athletic Trainer] Vince [Garcia] and [Assistant Athletic Trainer] Paul [Burant] for being in the treatment room with me and going through it with just us in there. It’s a blessing for sure.”

Simmons also had a slow start to the season, but has come up big for the Broncos at various times and has been much better as the season progressed. The 27 year old has earned his first Pro Bowl nod and will be looking to get a healthy contract extension from the Broncos this offseason.

“Man, it means so much,” Simmons said. “I think the toughest part was last year feeling like I kind of earned a spot just from the season. I know team wise we finished 7-9 and just the way it went probably wasn’t the best season, but individually thought I put a pretty good resume together. I think what stunk the most was not even being an alternate, and then earning All-Pro kind of helped that. So, this offseason even with everything going on I felt like there’s a lot of motivation in that. I had a lot of team goals, but individually I think there was a lot of motivation coming in this year because I just felt like—for whatever reason—part of my game wasn’t being considered as some of the best of what this league has to offer in terms of safety play. So, there’s a lot of motivation behind this year and [I] kind of wanted to make sure I solidified myself again—playing under the tag—all that stuff. A lot of adversity, but I think it just speaks volumes to just the way that I’ve been able to kind of persevere and handle that. I saw—right before I got on I saw the interview with Chubb and I got teary eyed thinking about it. He called me earlier today and he kind of told me the news that he made it too, and I mean shoot, I got emotional then too. Just for him to have the rookie season that he had, and obviously what happened with the knee injury and then to come back and make a Pro Bowl year out of what was a difficult season for us as a team. I mean, it just speaks volumes to him and what he can do, man. He’s an unbelievable guy and I’m so happy that I get to somewhat share his experience in terms of both of us getting in for the first time.”

The biggest snub for the Broncos this year is likely Garett Bolles who has completely turned his game around in 2020. Sometimes the Pro Bowl voting lags a year behind when it comes to how well a player is or isn’t playing, so keep an eye out for him during next year’s vote.

Here is your complete 2021 Pro Bowl roster for both the AFC and NFC. An asterisk denotes a starter on these lists.

AFC Roster

Position Player Team
Position Player Team
QB Patrick Mahomes* Chiefs
QB Josh Allen Bills
QB Deshaun Watson Texans
RB Derrick Henry* Titans
RB Nick Chubb Browns
RB Josh Jacobs Raiders
WR Tyreek Hill* Chiefs
WR Stefon Diggs* Bills
WR Keenan Allen Chargers
WR A.J. Brown Titans
TE Travis Kelce* Chiefs
TE Darren Waller Raiders
FB Patrick Ricard* Ravens
T Larmey Tunsil* Texans
T Eric Fisher* Chiefs
T Orlando Brown Ravens
G Quenton Nelson* Colts
G Joel Bitonio* Browns
G David DeCastro Steelers
C Maurkice Pouney* Steelers
C Ryan Kelly Colts
DE Myles Garrett* Browns
DE Joey Bosa* Chargers
DE Frank Clark Chiefs
DT Chris Jones* Chiefs
DT Cameron Heyward* Steelers
DT Calais Campbell Ravens
OLB T.J. Watt* Steelers
OLB Bradley Chubb* Broncos
OLB Matt Judon Ravens
ILB Darius Leonard* Colts
ILB Tremaine Edmunds Bills
CB Xavien Howard* Dolphins
CB Tre'Davious White* Bills
CB Marlon Humphrey Ravens
CB Stephon Gilmore Partriots
FS Minkah Fitzpatrick* Steelers
FS Justin Simmons Broncos
SS Tyrann Mathieu* Chiefs
LS Morgan Cox* Ravens
P Jake Bailey* Patriots
K Justin Tucker* Ravens
RS Andre Roberts* Bills
ST Matthew Slater Patriots

NFC Roster

Position Player Team
Position Player Team
QB Aaron Rodgers* Packers
QB Russell Wilson Seahawks
QB Kyler Murray Cardinals
RB Dalvin Cook* Vikings
RB Alvin Kamara Saints
RB Aaron Jones Packers
WR Davante Adams* Packers
WR DeAndre Hopkins* Cardinals
WR DK Metcalf Seahawks
WR Justin Jefferson Vikings
TE T.J. Hockenson* Lions
TE Evan Engram Giants
FB Kyle Juszczyk* 49ers
T David Bakhtiari* Packers
T Trent Williams* 49ers
T Terron Armstead Saints
G Brandon Scherff* Washington Football Team
G Elgton Jenkins* Packers
G Andrus Peat Saints
C Jason Kelce* Eagles
C Frank Ragnow Lions
DE Cameron Jordan* Saints
DE Brandon Graham* Eagles
DE Chase Young Washington Football Team
DT Aaron Donald* Rams
DT Fletcher Cox* Eagles
DT Grady Jarrett Falcons
OLB Khalil Mack* Bears
OLB Za'Darius Smith* Packers
OLB Jason Pierre-Paul Buccaneers
ILB Bobby Wagner* Seahawks
ILB Fred Warner 49ers
CB Jalen Ramsey* Rams
CB Jaire Alexander* Packers
CB Marshon Lattimore Saints
CB James Bradberry Giants
FS Quandre Diggs* Seahawks
SS Budda Baker* Cardinals
SS Jamal Adams Seahawks
LS Tyler Ott* Seahawks
P Jack Fox* Lions
K Younghoe Koo* Falcons
RS Cordarrelle Patterson* Bears
ST Nick Bellore* Seahawks