Broncos CB Pat Surtain II looks like perennial Pro Bowler says Justin Simmons


Good thing Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II made the Pro Bowl as a starter for the AFC. If not, there would be no Pro Bowl held on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas.

At least if teammate Justin Simmons had any say in the matter.

“I would have canceled the Pro Bowl if Pat wasn’t a starter,” the Broncos’ safety said Thursday. “He deserved it. He’s playing lights-out ball and he’ll continue to play lights-out.”

Simmons, a Pro Bowl first alternate for the second consecutive season, was not the least bit surprised that Surtain, 22, in just his second season in the NFL, is already flashing star power.

“He’ll be a perennial all-pro and Pro Bowler for as long as he wants to play,” Simmons said. “He’s just a tremendous talent, and his poise and his knowledge of the game, coming in as a rookie was — I’m not going to say unlike anything I have ever seen — but it was up there.

“He was wise beyond his years and you can tell he’s been working on his craft for a long time.”

Through 14 games, even as many quarterbacks have decided not to challenge him, Surtain has 55 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions.

He’s also got plenty of self-confidence.

His father, Patrick Surtain, was selected to the Pro Bowl as a member of the Dolphins for three consecutive seasons (2002-04). The son believes he’ll eclipse his father.

“I think I have a good chance, but obviously you have to prove it, year in and year out,” Surtain said. “But I have a good chance.”

It was the players and coaches, not a vote of the fans, that made Surtain a first-team Pro Bowl selection. Surtain was cool with that.

“It says a lot when the players and coaches acknowledge you in a certain way and put you on a certain pedestal,” he said. “For them to see me as a premier player in this league and to be able to reach this accomplishment is pretty cool.”

Defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero has witnessed Surtain grow from week to week.

“It’s definitely a great accomplishment and the great thing about him is that every day he comes in and works his butt off,” Evero said. “He’s got such a professional attitude and mindset for such a young player.”


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