Cornerback Champ Bailey, safety John Lynch and linebacker Al Wilson were the Broncos voted to the NFL's annual all-star game to be played Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at 4 p.m. MST. In addition, Bailey was named a Pro Bowl starter for the sixth time in his career while Wilson was named a starter in the all-star game for the second time in his career.
The NFL's Pro Bowl selections were based on an equally weighted vote of NFL coaches, players and fans. The three Broncos selected to the Pro Bowl this season mark the 26th consecutive year that the franchise will have at least one representative in the contest.
Bailey, in his eighth NFL season and third year with the Broncos, returns to the Pro Bowl for the seventh consecutive season and seventh year overall. Bailey shares the NFL lead with eight interceptions (72 yds.), which tie a career high that he set in 2005, and has twice this year recorded two interceptions in a game. Bailey, who leads the NFL with 17 interceptions (reg. season and postseason) since 2005, has a team-high 26 pass breakups and ranks second on Denver with 85 tackles (72 solo) this season. He was named to his first four Pro Bowls (2000-03) as a member of the Redskins from 1999-2003.
Lynch, in his 14th NFL season and third year with the Broncos, returns to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time in his career and for the third consecutive season. The safety ranks fourth on Denver with 81 tackles (54 solo), marking his highest tackle total since 2003. Lynch, who also has four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this year, was named to his first five Pro Bowls (1997, 1999-2002) as a member of the Buccaneers from 1993-2003.
Wilson, who has played all eight of his NFL seasons with the Broncos since joining the team as a first-round draft choice in 1999, returns to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career and for the second consecutive season. The linebacker leads Denver with 106 tackles (84 solo), marking the sixth 100-tackle season of his career. Wilson, whose first three Pro Bowl selections came in consecutive years from 2001-03, also has recorded one sack (5 yds.), six pass breakups and one forced fumble this season.
With three selections this year, the Broncos have had 54 players receive a total of 138 individual Pro Bowl nominations in the franchise's 47-year history.