While the complete AFC and NFC Pro Bowl squads will be announced today by the NFL, the starting lineups will not be announced until halftime of the AFC and NFC Wild Card Games, Sat., Jan. 3, 2004.
Nalen, in his 10th year from Boston College, makes his fifth Pro Bowl appearance, most ever by a Broncos offensive lineman. He has started all 14 games at center and anchored a Broncos offensive line that has paved the way for the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense and provided outstanding protection in the passing game. Nalen's previous Pro Bowls came in a four-year run from 1997-2000.
Portis, in his second year from Miami, makes his first Pro Bowl appearance, after winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors last year. He ranks No. 2 in the NFL in rushing with 1,591 yards and 14 touchdowns, and leads the league with a per-carry average of 5.5 yards. Portis has topped the 100-yard mark in 10 of his 13 starts, one shy of tying the team record, and is presently on a six-game streak of 100-yard performances. With 14 touchdowns - including a team-record five in Denver&rsquos 45-27 win over Kansas City, Dec., 7 - is tied for third in the NFL, and also ranks second in rushing touchdowns and third in points scored by non-kickers.
The Broncos currently have 11 players on their roster who have been to a total of 29 Pro Bowls, of which 28 have come as Broncos. The one exception is Shannon Sharpe's 2001 Pro Bowl season with the Baltimore Ravens. Below is a list of those players and the seasons in which they have been selected to the Pro Bowl:
BRONCOS IN PRO BOWLS:
|PLAYER||APPEARANCES||PRO BOWL SEASON(S)*|
|TE Dwayne Carswell||1||2001|
|K Jason Elam||3||1995, 1998, 2001|
|LB Ian Gold (special teams)||1||2001|
|WR Ed McCaffrey||1||1998|
|C Tom Nalen||5||1997,1998,1999, 2000, 2003|
|CB Deltha O'Neal||1||2001|
|RB Clinton Portis||1||2003|
|DE Trevor Pryce||4||1999, 2000, 2001, 2002|
|TE Shannon Sharpe||8||1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001|
|WR Rod Smith||2||2000, 2001|
|LB Al Wilson||2||2001, 2002|
Bold indicates started in Pro Bowl (2003 starting assignments not determined until Jan. 3, 2004)
Italics indicates appearance as a Bronco
* Game took place in the following calendar year
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