Two Denver Broncos, both acquired during the 2004 off-season, have been named to this year's Pro Bowl team, the NFL announced on Wednesday.
Champ Bailey and John Lynch will serve as the lone representatives from Denver, a team still hanging on by a thread in the post-season playoff hunt.
The announcement marks the fifth consecutive appearance for Bailey and the sixth overall for Lynch, who last made the trip during the 2002 season as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the selection serves as a proud step for Bailey, it was hard to mask his disappointment in a season where both Bailey and the Broncos have seemed to struggle.
"I can't pinpoint it," Bailey told reporters. "You have to look at it after the season. There are spots here and there I could clean up, but there's no time to look back right now."
Currently the Broncos pass defense is ranked tenth in the NFL, with Bailey accounting for three interceptions.
Those stats however did not discourage head coach Mike Shanahan from praising his highly touted cornerback when asked if he felt Bailey deserved to be on this year's team.
"I'll be honest with you, of course I do," Shanahan said. "I think he's one of the best corners in the league, if not the best."
Lynch, who signed with Denver after being released by the Buccaneers in the off-season, has been a vital part of the Broncos defense this year, recording 63 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.
While the Broncos have featured a defensive player at the annual All Star game each year since 1989, today's announcement marks the second time in three years that Denver has failed to have an offensive player selected.
Television coverage of the announcement for both the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters will air this evening at 5 p.m. (MST) on the 2005 Pro Bowl Selection Show, broadcast on ESPN.
The game will be played in Hawaii on Sunday, Feb. 13 and televised by ESPN at 5:30 p.m. (MST).
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