ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Phillip Lindsay’s unlikely success story continues.
The Broncos’ rookie running back was selected to the first Pro Bowl of his career, the NFL announced Tuesday.
He is the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to earn a Pro Bowl nod. Lindsay is also only the third Broncos rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl — and the first since Von Miller was chosen in 2011.
Lindsay, whom the Broncos picked up as a college free agent from the University of Colorado, has rushed for 991 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. He also has 33 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown.
After appearing in every game during the first six weeks of the season, Lindsay assumed the starting role beginning with a Week 8 game in Kansas City.
He has not relinquished it since, as he has tallied four games during that stretch with at least 100 all-purpose yards.
Lindsay’s most-productive appearances came in a two-game span against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Against the Steelers, Lindsay rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries. He averaged 7.86 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in the Broncos’ 24-17 win.
A week later, Lindsay bettered that performance with 157 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. The Week 13 win was the second multi-touchdown performance of his career.
Those two games helped propel him toward the top of the NFL’s rushing charts.
The Broncos’ starting running back is the only NFL player through 15 weeks to rank in the top five in rushing yards, rushing average and rushing touchdowns.
As a result, he is on pace to finish in the top five in franchise history for rushing yards by a rookie. With 56.5 rushing yards per game over the final two contests, Lindsay would also pass Dominic Rhodes (1,104) for the most rushing yards by an undrafted rookie. Lindsay has already passed Selvin Young for the most rushing yards by an undrafted Broncos rookie.
Lindsay, who still has two regular-season games remaining to add to his rushing total, will now venture to Orlando, Florida,for the Pro Bowl.
The game is scheduled for Jan. 27 and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Outside linebacker Von Miller was also selected to the Pro Bowl. To learn more about his season, click here.
Take a game-by-game look at historic Phillip Lindsay's rookie season.