Colts Tops In NFL In Pro Bowl Selections

The Indianapolis Colts will have more than one defensive player in the Pro Bowl for the first time since 1977. And they placed more players than any other team in the NFL.

In 2003, defensive end Dwight Freeney became the first Colts defensive player to make the Pro Bowl since linebacker Duane Bickett in 1987.

Freeney was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl today, but he'll be joined in Hawaii by first-time selections Bob Sanders and Cato June. The last time the Colts had more than one defensive player named to the Pro Bowl was back in 1977 when defensive linemen John Dutton and Mike Barnes were selected. And it's been 34 years since the Colts had a representative from their defensive line, linebacker corps, and secondary selected to play in the same year. Defensive end Bubba Smith, safeties Jerry Logan and Rick Volk, and linebackers Ted Hendricks and Mike Curtis were the last to achieve that back in 1971.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and running back Edgerrin James were all expected to be picked. But one additional member of the offense got some long overdue recognition when center Jeff Saturday was also honored. Saturday is in his seventh season with the Colts.

Indianapolis placed more players than any other team in the NFL. The Chargers and Bears were second with 6 selections each.

In the AFC, the Bengals were third with five. Last year's Super Bowl Champions, the Patriots, had just two players -- QB Tom Brady and DL Richard Seymour -- named to the roster. AFC South rival Jacksonville was amongst six teams who had just one player (DT Marcus Stroud) make it.

Tennessee, Cleveland, Green Bay and San Francisco were the only four teams in the NFL that didn't have anyone selected.

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