Mario Haggan may have bounced around the Broncos defensive formation in 2010, but his impact remained constant.
After a career season, the eighth-year linebacker has earned a spot on USA Today’s 19th-annual All-Joe team, a group of 53 players who have never earned a Pro Bowl selection but deserve recognition for their unsung contributions.
As USA Today’s Nate Davis described the group, it’s a list of “players thriving on the mainland in the NFL’s version of anonymity.”
Haggan started every game for the second straight season, finishing second on the team with a career-high 87 tackles. He also notched a career-high 5 sacks, including three in the Broncos’ win against Kansas City on Nov. 14.
Davis summed up Haggan’s selection with a nod to his versatility: “Did whatever Denver needed, starting eight games on the outside and eight on the inside as the team switched schemes and coped with injuries.”
That’s a role Haggan relished — and thrived in — this season.
The third-year Bronco was one of six NFL players with at least 80 tackles and five sacks.
“The old saying is ‘Jack of all trades, good at none,’” Haggan said this season. “I don’t think of myself as that guy, so it’s tough to settle in at one position because I feel like I’m capable of being an impact player at both.”
This marks the third straight year a Broncos linebacker has appeared on the list following D.J. Williams in 2009 and Jamie Winborn in 2008.
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com