Phillip Lindsay Goes From Undrafted to Being Selected For the Pro Bowl
Denver, Colorado – Phillip Lindsay has made history by becoming the first offensive player selected to the NFL Pro Bowl as an undrafted rookie.
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I am so blessed to be selected to my first Pro Bowl!! It is a tremendous honor and I am so thankful to all of Broncos Country for supporting and believing in me this season. Special shoutout to my family, all of my coaches and teammates – especially our running back group, offensive line, wide receivers and quarterbacks. This honor would not be possible without all of your support! 🔷🔶🔷🔶🙌🏽🙏🏽 #Grateful
Journey to the NFL
Lindsay is no stranger to the state of Colorado. He was born in Aurora, Colorado on July 24, 1994. He attended South High School. His father Troy, set the Denver Public School District Record with 4,400 rushing yards in 1979. He surpassed his father’s record rushing for 4,587 yards and committed to the University of Colorado after his junior year.
Despite tearing his ACL in his senior year, Colorado University’s coach Mike MacIntyre keep his scholarship offer for Lindsay. As a freshman in 2014, Lindsay rushed for 79 yards with a 4.4 yard per carry average. He led the team in kick return yard average and yards. He played in all 12 games.
In 2015 Lindsay saw more usage and rushed for 643 yards on 140 attempts. He bumped up his yards per carry to 4.7 and played in all 12 games. He rushed for 7 touchdowns, 6 being rushing and 1 receiving. Teammates voted Lindsay as team captain.
2016 Lindsay again show progression and broke 1,000 yards for the first time in his collegiate career. He gained 1,252 yards on 244 carries. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and he scored 16 rushing touchdowns.
His senior season became the best of his career at Colorado. Lindsay broke 1,000 yards again rushing for 1,474 yards on 301 carries. He saw the end zone 14 times and finished his career at Colorado with 36 rushing touchdowns and 3,770 yards.
The road to the NFL seemed to be a long shot for 5’8ft 190lb running back after he was uninvited to the NFL combine. Six weeks later his name was not called at the 2018 NFL draft.
A few teams reached out to Lindsay afterward. He chose the Broncos so he could save money while living in his parent’s basement. Lindsay officially signed with the Broncos on May 1, 2018. An impressive preseason was produced by the running back and earned him a spot on the team.
In Week 1 he made his NFL debut against the Seattle Seahawks and rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries. He caught 2 receptions for 31 yards and had one receiving touchdown. In Week 2 he broke the 100 yard mark for the first time finishing with 109 yards against the Oakland Raiders in a 20-19 victory.
Lindsay became the first undrafted player to have 100 scrimmage yards in his first two games. In Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Lindsay set a career high with 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns earning him AFC Player Of The Week honors.
With two games left in the season, he has 991 yards on 182 carries. He is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and has rushed for 9 TDs. His receiving stats include 33 receptions for 230 yards and one touchdown.
Lindsay and Von Miller are the only two Broncos to make the Pro Bowl this season.
The Pro Bowl is set for Jan 27, 2019, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando Florida.
2018 Season Highlights