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Darian Stewart named to 2017 NFL Pro Bowl

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Another member of the Broncos' defense is headed to Orlando for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

Safety Darian Stewart will join teammates Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib as the Broncos' representatives after Chiefs safety Eric Berry withdrew from the game.

Stewart, who was selected as a first alternate when the teams were announced in late December, will make his first Pro Bowl appearance.

In his second season with the Broncos, Stewart started all 16 games and tallied 68 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble. Against the Saints, Stewart became the first Bronco since Deltha O'Neal (2001) to record three takeaways in a single game.

Stewart signed a four-year extension in late November.

"Darian came here last year, and for me being his position coach, it's been a great pleasure," said newly announced Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods after the extension. "When he first got here you could see right away that he brought great leadership. He brought a different style to the way we played in the secondary. He was a kind of enforcer.

"The thing that you guys don't get a chance to see is that behind closed doors he does a great job with the young guys. He stays on them and helps them with how to study tape and their practice habits on the field. He's been a great surprise for us and you guys have seen how he's contributed to this team not only last year, but this year as well."

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 29 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

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