Written by Madison Kerley and posted on isportsweb’s website on January 18. 2017
Although the Denver Broncos did not have the season they would have liked this year and fans were not able to watch their team in the playoffs, fans will still be able to watch four Broncos play in late January as safety Darian Stewart was added to the AFC roster for the Pro Bowl.
Stewart, 28, was added to the roster on Tuesday after Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry withdrew from the game. Stewart will be joining fellow members of the Broncos defense Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib.
Stewart was signed as a free-agent with the then St. Louis, now Los Angeles, Rams in 2010. He then signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 before signing a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos a year later in March 2015. After seven years in the league including two with the Broncos, this will be Stewart’s first Pro Bowl appearance.
On a secondary that is ranked first in the league, Stewart is often overlooked, but his play is very deserving of attention. Stewart had 68 tackles, six passes defended, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during the 2016 season. This play earned him a contract extension. Stewart signed a four-year, $28 million dollar contract with the Broncos this past November.
This contract is due to not only his play on the field but also his work off. John Elway, the Denver Broncos general manager, said he saw the hard work and progress Stewart was making and he deserved to be rewarded for it.
Fans can see Stewart’s hard work come to life on the field, as well as the three other Broncos playing, on January 29. The Pro Bowl is being held in Orlando, Flor., and has returned to the traditional NFC v AFC format.
Also, fans could potentially see more Broncos on the AFC roster depending how the rest of the playoffs go. There are five known Broncos on the AFC alternate list. Those players are, in no particular order, Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, Matt Paradis, Derek Wolfeand T.J. Ward. Players on the AFC team that ends up in the Super Bowl would miss the Pro Bowl due to preparations for the big game which would open up roster spots for alternates.