In just their third year in the NFL, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall have made their mark upon the league.
Cutler and Marshall will represent the Denver Broncos in the Pro Bowl.
It began with fan voters who made them two of the top vote getters, and now it is official after players and coaches around the league have voted.
It marks the first time for both players at the annual all-star game, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 8, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at 2:30 p.m. MST and will be televised by NBC.
Cutler, who leads the AFC and ranks third in the league with 3,851 passing yards, is the third Broncos quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining John Elway (nine selections) and Brian Griese (one selection), and is the first Denver passer to receive the honor since Griese in 2000.
“With as many talented and deserving quarterbacks as there are in the AFC, I was honored and a little surprised this morning when I found out I was named to the Pro Bowl,” Cutler said. “It’s a great individual award that definitely should be shared among a lot of my teammates, especially the offensive line for how well they’ve protected me, and our coaching staff for preparing me to play every week. My primary concern right now is winning Sunday against the Bills and getting into the playoffs, but to be recognized by the league and fans with getting voted into the Pro Bowl is special.”
Marshall, who is tied for fifth in the NFL with 88 receptions, was named a starter for the game. He is the seventh Broncos wide receiver to be named to the Pro Bowl and the first since Rod Smith in 2005.
“It means a lot to be voted in by your peers and the coaches from around the league,” Marshall said. “For me, it means a lot more to lead the fan vote because it shows me that they support the guys who have their heads on straight and try to do the right things. I’ve worked hard this season to prove that day in, day out, both on and off the field. I’m very thankful for this honor. I’ve called everyone in my phone. Come Wednesday, it’s time to re-focus on Buffalo and do what we have to do to get into the playoffs.”
Congratulations to Jay and Brandon!
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com