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Five Broncos Selected to 2014 Pro Bowl


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – **Five Broncos earned selections to the 2014 Pro Bowl, the league announced on Friday night.

On the heels of Denver's record-setting offensive performance this season, four offensive players were named to the All-Star team.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who led all players in fan voting, is the most experienced Pro Bowler on the Broncos' list as he was named to his 13th Pro Bowl this year.

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is the only other Bronco selected for a repeat trip to Hawaii as he was chosen for the second-straight year.

Peyton Manning 13
Demaryius Thomas 2
Matt Prater 1
Julius Thomas 1
Louis Vasquez 1

The remaining three players all earned their first career Pro Bowl nods: kicker Matt Prater, tight end Julius Thomas and guard Louis Vasquez.

In addition to the five that made the All-Star squad, eight additional Broncos were named alternates: guard Zane Beadles, safety David Bruton (special teams), wide receiver Eric Decker, linebacker Von Miller, running back Knowshon Moreno, center Manny Ramirez, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and wide receiver Wes Welker.

This year's game, which kicks off at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at 5 p.m. MST on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, is unconferenced and will feature Hall-of-Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders serving as alumni captains to help choose the rosters. That selection process will be televised on NFL Network during the week leading up to the game.

See below for more on this year's Broncos' Pro Bowlers:

1 Bruce Matthews 14
2 Peyton Manning 13
Jerry Rice 13
Reggie White 13
Tony Gonzalez 13

Peyton Manning

Career Pro Bowl Selections: 13
2013 Stats: 425-of-631 for 5,211 yards with 51 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, 113.0 passer rating
Notable:Manning has set an NFL record with 51 passing touchdowns thus far in 2013. His 13 Pro Bowl selections tie for second-most in NFL history. Manning leads the NFL in passing yards, touchdowns, completions and attempts, while ranking second in passer rating and third in completion percentage. He joins John Elway as the only two Broncos signal callers to make multiple Pro Bowls for the team.

Matt Prater

Career Pro Bowl Selections: 1

2013 Stats: 23-of-24 field goals (.958 pct.), 71-of-71 PATs, 140 points, 76 touchbacks, NFL-record 64-yard FG long
Notable:Prater has established NFL records for field-goal long and touchbacks, while setting a career high in points scored through 15 games this season. He is the only kicker to have missed one-or-fewer kicks and his .958 field-goal accuracy percentage leads the league. Prater joins Jason Elam (1995, '98, 2001) and David Treadwell (1989) as Broncos kickers to earn a Pro Bowl selection.

Demaryius Thomas

Career Pro Bowl Selections: 2

2013 Stats: 86 catches for 1,317 yards, 12 touchdowns
Notable:Thomas earned his second-straight Pro Bowl selection after setting a career high with 12 receiving scores in 2013. He is just the third Bronco to earn multiple Pro Bowl selections, joining Brandon Marshall (2008-09) and Rod Smith (2000-01, '05). Thomas ranks in the Top 10 in the NFL in receptions (86, T-8th), receiving yards (1,317, 7th), receiving touchdowns (12, T-2nd) and 25-yard receptions (16, T-1st) this season.

Julius Thomas

Career Pro Bowl Selections: 1

2013 Stats: 60 catches for 752 yards, 12 touchdowns
Notable:Thomas' 12 receiving scores tied for fifth-most in NFL history in a single season by a tight end. After catching just one pass for five yards through his first two injury-plagued NFL seasons, Thomas' 12 touchdown catches thus far in 2013 established a franchise record for tight ends. He joins Shannon Sharpe (1992-98), Riley Odoms (1973-75, '78) and Dwayne Carswell (2001) as Broncos tight ends to earn Pro Bowl selections.

Louis Vasquez:

Career Pro Bowl Selections: 1
2013 Stats: 15 starts, Zero sacks allowed, three penalties called against
Notable:Vasquez is one of just three starting guards in the NFL that has not allowed a sack this year. He is the only Bronco who has played every possible snap on offense or defense this season. Vasquez joins teammate Zane Beadles (2012) and former Broncos Keith Bishop (1986-87) and Mark Schlereth (1998) as the only offensive guards in team history to make the Pro Bowl.

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