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Denver Broncos’ rookie Phillip Lindsay named to Pro Bowl

Lindsay’s outstanding season will end with a well-deserved honor.

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Phillip Lindsay has made the best of his opportunity with the Denver Broncos. The former Colorado Buffaloes running back adds to his unprecedented season as the first offensive undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl.

The Tasmanian Devil showed the rest of the football world he belongs by making the Broncos final 53-man roster. Since that time, Lindsay is on the cusp of becoming Denver’s second-straight 1,000-yard rusher, as he has 991 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, which places him 5th in the NFL in rushing and 2nd in yards per carry (5.4). He’s on pace to have 1,132 yards, which would be the most ever for an undrafted rookie (breaking Dominic Rhodes’s record of 1,104), and the most rushing yards by a Broncos back since 2011 (Willis McGahee, 1,199 yards).

Lindsay, a Denver South High School standout, ended his career at Colorado as the first player to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He also set or tied 24 CU records and was the third player in school history to score 10 or more touchdowns in his last two seasons. He now becomes the second undrafted rookie in NFL make the Pro Bowl after Dallas Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls in 1981. Lindsay joins kicker David Treadwell (1989) and Von Miller (2011) as the only rookies to make the Pro Bowl in Broncos’ history; he could be joined by 5th overall pick Bradley Chubb, who with 12 sacks on the season is a top alternate.

The Colorado-proud rusher will be joined Miller as the only two Broncos in this year’s Pro Bowl, who became franchise’s all-time sack leader on Saturday eclipsing Simon Fletcher record of 97.5 sacks. Miller is a Pro Bowler for the seventh time in his eight-year career with the Broncos.

The Pro Bowl enters its third year of being held in Orlando on Jan. 27, 2019.