BOISE, Idaho - Former Boise State football players, Ryan Clady and Quintin Mikell, made history recently as they have both been selected to play in the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl.
The selections mark the first time Boise State will be represented in the Pro Bowl since former Boise Junior College player Dave Wilcox did so in 1973. Boise State has never had a former player nominated to play in the Pro Bowl since becoming a four year institution in 1968.
Clady (6-6, 325) was named a starter at offensive tackle in this year's Pro Bowl after just concluding his second NFL season with the Denver Broncos. He is one of five Denver players selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl.
Clady left Boise State following his junior season and was picked by Denver as the 12th overall selection of the 2008 NFL draft. He has started all 32 games in two seasons with the Broncos. Clady didn't allow a full sack in his first 20 games as a pro, which is an NFL record since Stats Inc. began tracking the statistic in 1994.
This season Clady was also named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press, honoring him as one of the top two offensive tackles in the NFL. Wilcox is the only other former Bronco to earn the honor, having been named first-team AP All-Pro in 1971 and 1972. Clady was named second-team AP All-Pro as a rookie.
Mikell (5-10, 206) earned his first Pro Bowl selection after seven NFL seasons playing as a strong safety for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster this week as a replacement for Roman Harper of the New Orleans Saints. Mikell is one of nine Eagles playing in this year's Pro Bowl.
Mikell joined the Eagles as a rookie free agent in 2003 after playing for Boise State from 1999-2002. After spending most of his first five years as a backup safety and special teams player, Mikell broke into the starting rotation in 2008. This season he started all 16 games for Philadelphia, leading the team in tackles (122). Mikell also recorded nine knockdowns, two interceptions and recovered two fumbles.
Wilcox, the father of current Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, was a seven time pro bowl linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers from 1966-73, which included playing in six consecutive Pro Bowls (1968-73). He competed for Boise Junior College in 1960 and 1961 before transferring to the University of Oregon. Wilcox was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and is the only former Bronco to be enshrined in the hall.
The 2010 Pro Bowl is scheduled to be played this Sunday (Jan. 31) in Miami, Fla. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.