Brandon Lloyd Named To Pro Bowl
DENVER (CBS4/AP) – Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd has made the Pro Bowl for the first time.
Lloyd, who has been having a remarkable individual season in the midst of a horrible one for the team, was the only Broncos player named to the roster this year. He is one of 14 newcomers on the AFC squad.
Not only has he produced a highlight reel of acrobatic catches, Lloyd also leads the NFL in receiving yards with 1,375. The Broncos released some official statistics on Lloyd’s season so far:
— He set career highs in every statistical category in 2010.
— In 15 games (10 starts), he has totaled 72 receptions for a league-high 1,375 receiving yards (19.1 avg.) with 10 touchdowns.
— His 1,375 receiving yards rank second in franchise history in a single season.
— He leads the NFL with 18 receptions of 25+ yards and nine catches of 40+ yards.
— His 19.1-yard receiving average also stands as the third-highest mark since the 1970 NFL merger among players who have matched his reception total (72).
— He is tied for the NFL lead with six 100-yard receiving games while his 10 receiving touchdowns are tied for fifth in the league.
Lloyd said Tuesday night his family’s reaction to the news has been great.
“My mom and dad, my brothers and sisters, my cousins, my granny, Blue Springs, Missouri, I mean, it’s excitement. Everybody’s happy for me just because they know me and they know everything that I’ve been through, that it never changed me. I’ve always been me. I’m always going to be me. This was a goal of mine ever since I was drafted by the 49ers in 2003, was to be recognized by my peers and by the coaches that I play against. This is the No. 1 individual goal for a player, and they understand. They understand that I’ve been walking a humble path for a lot of years now and I’ve made changes in my life to ensure that I’m able to walk that humble path and be clear of mind and clear of thought.”
Reggie Wayne of Indianapolis and Andre Johnson of Houston were named the AFC’s starters at the wide receiver position. Dwayne Bowe of Kansas City will also be on the receiving corps.
The following is the complete roster, courtesy of the Associated Press:
WIDE RECEIVERS — x-Andre Johnson, Houston; x-Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis; Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City; Brandon Lloyd, Denver
TACKLES — x-Jake Long, Miami; x-Joe Thomas, Cleveland; D’Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets
GUARDS — x-Kris Dielman, San Diego; x-Logan Mankins, New England; Brian Waters, Kansas City
CENTERS — x-Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets; Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
TIGHT ENDS — x-Antonio Gates, San Diego; Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville
QUARTERBACKS — x-Tom Brady, New England; Peyton Manning, Indianapolis; Philip Rivers, San Diego
RUNNING BACKS — x-Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City; Arian Foster, Houston
FULLBACK — x-Vonta Leach, Houston
ENDS — x-Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis; x-Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Jason Babin, Tennessee
INTERIOR LINEMAN — x-Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; x-Vince Wilfork, New England; Richard Seymour, Oakland
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS — x-James Harrison, Pittsburgh; x-Cameron Wake, Miami; Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS — x-Ray Lewis, Baltimore; Jerod Mayo, New England
CORNERBACKS — x-Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland; x-Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets; Devin McCourty, New England
STRONG SAFETY — x-Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
FREE SAFTIES — x-Ed Reed, Baltimore; Brandon Meriweather, New England
PUNTER — Shane Lechler, Oakland
PLACEKICKER — Billy Cundiff, Baltimore
KICK RETURN SPECIALIST — Marc Mariani, Tennessee
SPECIAL TEAMER — Montell Owens, Jacksonville
WIDE RECEIVERS — x-Calvin Johnson, Detroit; x-Roddy White, Atlanta; DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia; Greg Jennings, Green Bay
TACKLES — x-Jordan Gross, Carolina; x-Jason Peters, Philadelphia; Chad Clifton, Green Bay
GUARDS — x-Jahri Evans, New Orleans; x-Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants; Carl Nicks, New Orleans
CENTERS — x-Andre Gurode, Dallas; Shaun O’Hara, N.Y. Giants
TIGHT ENDS — x-Jason Witten, Dallas; Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
QUARTERBACKS — x-Michael Vick, Philadelphia; Drew Brees, New Orleans; Matt Ryan, Atlanta
RUNNING BACKS — x-Michael Turner, Atlanta; Steven Jackson, St. Louis; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
FULLBACK — x-Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta
ENDS — x-John Abraham, Atlanta; x-Julius Peppers, Chicago; Justin Tuck, N.Y. Giants
INTERIOR LINEMEN — x-Jay Ratliff, Dallas; x-Ndamukong Suh, Detroit; Justin Smith, San Francisco
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS — x-Clay Matthews, Green Bay; x-DeMarcus Ware, Dallas; Lance Briggs, Chicago;
INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS — x-Patrick Willis, San Francisco; Brian Urlacher, Chicago
CORNERBACKS — x-Asante Samuel, Philadelphia; x-Charles Woodson, Green Bay; DeAngelo Hall, Washington
STRONG SAFETY — x-Adrian Wilson, Arizona
FREE SAFTIES — x-Nick Collins, Green Bay; Antrel Rolle, N.Y. Giants
PUNTER — Mat McBriar, Dallas
PLACEKICKER — David Akers, Philadelphia
KICK RETURN SPECIALIST — Devin Hester, Chicago
SPECIAL TEAMER — Eric Weems, Atlanta
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