Long snapper John Denney has been a dependable player for the Dolphins for the past six seasons, but his work mostly has gone unnoticed. Not anymore. Denney was added to the AFC Pro Bowl team on Thursday as a coach's selection.
"It's an honor to be named to the AFC Pro Bowl team and it always feels nice to be recognized by people attached to the game," Denney said in a team-released statement. "These opportunities are not possible without a great supporting staff like Dan (kicker Dan Carpenter
), Brandon (punter Brandon Fields
), Rizz (Special Teams Coach Darren Rizzi), and Bono (former Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego), along with everyone else on the special teams. You don't expect a long snapper to be recognized and it's a testament to all the hard work they all put in over the course of my Dolphins career. I'm looking forward to representing the team and joining Cam (Wake) in Hawaii."
Denney becomes the second Dolphins "need" player added to the Pro Bowl team in franchise history, along with linebacker Zach Thomas in 2000. In addition, he becomes only the second non-punting or kicking Dolphins special teams player named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad in Dolphins history, joining special-teamer Larry Izzo, a 2000 selection.
Denney became the third Dolphins player selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl along with Cameron Wake and Jake Long, although Long already has pulled out of the game because of injury.
The game is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30 in Honolulu, Hawaii.