On the heels of a breakout season with the Denver Broncos, former Portland State two-sport star Julius Thomas has been selected to participate in the NFL Pro Bowl. Thomas was one of four tight ends from the NFL's 32 teams to earn the honor.
Thomas, who played basketball for the Vikings from 2006-10, and football during the 2010 season, was drafted by Denver in 2011. He spent most of his first two seasons on the sidelines improving his game and trying to overcome ankle injuries.
In 2013, through 15 games, Thomas has proven to be one of the finest players in the league by catching 60 Peyton Manning-passes for 752 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 TDs is tied for the fifth-most in NFL history by a tight end and a Denver team record for a tight end. The Broncos still have one game to go this Sunday against Oakland.
Thomas, a 6-5, 250-pounder from Stockton, CA, is just the second former Portland Stater ever to be selected to the Pro Bowl. Quarterback Neil Lomax earned the honor in 1984 and 1987.
The Pro Bowl takes place on Jan. 26 in Hawai'i. The Super Bowl is the following Sunday. If Denver - one of the top teams in the NFL - is able to advance to the Super Bowl, Thomas would not participate in the Pro Bowl.