Broncos’ veteran safety Brian Dawkins was named to the 2012 Pro Bowl on Thursday, replacing Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu for the AFC squad. Originally named a first alternate in December, Dawkins will make the ninth Pro Bowl appearance of his career.
Dawkins will join cornerback Champ Bailey, defensive end Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Von Miller, running back Willis McGahee and left tackle Ryan Clady as the six players representing the Broncos in the NFL’s annual All-Star Game. The sextet are the most players Denver has sent to Hawaii since 2001. Full press release after the jump.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins was notified by the National Football League on Thursday that he was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster. He replaces Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, who will not participate in the league’s annual All-Star Game due to injury.
The selection marks Dawkins’ second Pro Bowl with the Broncos and the ninth of his career to tie him with John Lynch for the second-most all-time among safeties. Dawkins, who played 14 games (12 starts) in 2011, totaled 51 tackles (31 solo), three sacks (38 yds.), six passes defensed and one forced fumble for the Broncos.
Dawkins brings Denver’s total Pro Bowl selections to six, marking the most since the Broncos had seven Pro Bowlers in 2001, and tying for the fifth-most in franchise history.