Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Six Former Broncos Have NFL Playoff Berths Clinched

There will be at least six former Boise State players in the NFL playoffs this year, with San Diego and Carolina needing wins this weekend to get in.  Detroit, of course, has wasted superstar Kellen Moore's talent, with Moore not playing a down in the NFL and putting him on the "inactive list".  Generally, a team that wins the Super Bowl gives a ring to inactive players, but that is up to the team. 

Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe is on the "reserve" list for San Diego, and would also likely get a ring if the Chargers were to capture the title.  Injured players, such as Richie Brockel of Carolina, also would likely get a ring if their team won the Super Bowl.

With those three players not on the active lists for their teams but still eligible for Super Bowl rings, here are the six that have consistently played for their playoff teams this season:

Ryan Clady, starting tackle for Denver, which is the AFC West Champion and can clinch a first-round bye with a win this weekend.  Clady will once again play in the Pro Bowl this year.

George Iloka, starting safety for Cincinnati.  The Bengals are the AFC North Champions, and can clinch a first-round bye with a win and a Denver loss or tie.

Jeron Johnson, reserve safety for Seattle.  The Seahawks clinched the NFC West, and can clinch a first-round bye this weekend. 

Boise State has three players on the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys, a record for the most Broncos on a playoff team:

Orlando Scandrick, starting cornerback, has enjoyed a superb year.

Defensive end Tyrone Crawford is the starter for Dallas at left defensive end.

Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was bothered by a preseason injury, but has come back to contribute to the Cowboys' division championship season.

Dallas wrapped up the NFC East title, and still have a shot at a first-round bye, but they would need both Seattle and Arizona to either lose or tie in the final week.

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