Pro Bowl: Denver Broncos Zane Beadles and Demaryius Thomas Added to AFC Roster
Update (1/23/13, 9:07 ET): Broncos guard Chris Kuper was also invited to the Pro Bowl as a first alternate but declined due to injury. Original story below:
Beadles and Thomas will be replacing New England Patriots starting guard Logan Mankins and wide receiver Wes Welker, who both withdrew from the All-Star game due to injuries. This will mark the first Pro Bowl appearance for both Beadles and Thomas.
"Can't believe the news I got today! So blessed to be where I am. Thanks to all my friends and family who helped me get here," Beadles tweeted on Monday afternoon.
In 2012, Beadles started all sixteen games on Denver's offensive line, being penalized just four times and allowing team-low one sack, according to STATS. Beadles (6'-4", 305 pounds) is a third-year player that was drafted out of Utah by the Broncos in the second round (45th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Beadles is just the third guard in franchise history to be selected to a Pro Bowl, joining Keith Bishop (1986-87) and Mark Schlereth (1998) in that category. Meanwhile, Thomas is emerging as one of the star receivers in the NFL.
"Headed to Honolulu tomorrow... BLESSED.. Wanna (sic) thank the Lord," Thomas tweeted after hearing the news.
In 2012, Thomas' 1,434 receiving yards (fourth-most in the NFL) led the team and his 10 touchdowns on 94 receptions (15.3 yard per catch) marked the second-highest receiving TD totals on the team, behind just Eric Decker, who hauled in 13 touchdowns in 2012. Thomas (6'3", 229 pounds) is a third-year player out of Georgia Tech who was drafted by the Broncos in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Beadles and Thomas will give the Broncos six representatives in Hawaii, joining quarterback Peyton Manning, cornerback Champ Bailey, outside linebacker Von Miller and defensive end Elvis Dumervil—left tackle Ryan Clady was also voted into the game, but withdrew due to injury (story).
The 2013 NFL All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, January 27th at 7 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised on NBC.
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