Posted Tue Jan 17th by Jon Heath
There will be at least five players representing the Denver Broncos in the 2012 Pro Bowl later this month, as offensive tackle Ryan Clady will join cornerback Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller as a first alternate.
It’s official, heading to Hawaii for the pro bowl next week. S/O to everyone who voted, appreciate it. #blessed
— Ryan Clady (@RyanClady) January 17, 2012
Clady was named a first alternate back in December. With Miami’s Jake Long unable to play in the game due to injury, Clady will replace him on the AFC’s offensive line. It will mark the second Pro Bowl appearance of Clady’s career (2009).
Clady’s career has been showered with accolades (he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2008 and was named the NFL’s best offensive tackle in 2009), but he had a poor 2011 season, by his standards. Clady posted a career and team-high seven holding penalties last season and allowed a career-high nine sacks. However, Clady was a key part of Denver’s running game and helped the Broncos rush for a league-high 2,632 yards.
Congratulations to Clady! He may not have been as deserving this year as he has been in seasons’ past, but he remains one of the Broncos best offensive linemen.
Update (2:20 p.m. MT): Running back Willis McGahee has also been named to the Pro Bowl as a first alternate, replacing Houston’s Arian Foster. Foster can’t participate due to injury.