Make sure to add “Pro Bowl” to his list of achievements.
We’ve filled up a whole season writing about Phillip Lindsay and his impact on the Denver Broncos. Just when it seems that Lindsay has done all that could reasonably be expected of any rookie running back, much less an undrafted one, Lindsay reaches another peak.
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This week, the news was that Lindsay had been selected to the Pro Bowl. Not as an alternate or added because of injury or any of the other back-door avenues to . He was voted-in. It caps one of the more incredible stories in Broncos history.
Nine more yards over the last two weeks and Lindsay will eclipse 1,000 for the season. He’s within shouting distance of all kinds of records and accolades.
What’s remarkable is that he’s doing this in Denver. See, not being invited to the combine and then not being drafted made Phillip Lindsay mad. Specifically, he was kind of mad at the Denver Broncos. He entertained an offer from the Baltimore Ravens before deciding that home mattered to him more than adding the Broncos to the list of entities that had overlooked the local star.
Those of us that have an attachment to the Colorado football program were nearly as curious as Lindsay that he’d been passed-over in the draft. He was electric and steady in Boulder. He was small but a lot of running backs are small. Barry Sanders (who Lindsay reminds us of) was small.
We wrote early in the season that it was time to stop talking about Phillip Lindsay as a cute story or fun anomaly, a distraction from other woes at Dove Valley. He was a serious dude and he was seriously racking up performances at the running back.
He never had serious injury at CU. He’s taken all the shots that NFL big boys like to put on flashy rookies and he’s bounced up, defiant. Dynamic players can elevate ordinary teams and Lindsay is certainly dynamic.
It’s a good thing he’s from here or his mom may never have convinced him to be a Denver Bronco.