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Iron Shiek
01-09-2009, 02:08 PM
Ed Reed only unanimous choice at any position for what that is worth.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gjb5CO5vZ-iq12KJ0vdFWp_NXNqAD95JOTEO0


AP All-Pro Team includes 15 newcomers
By BARRY WILNER 18 minutes ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A changing of the guard and tackles and running backs and receivers saw 15 first-timers make The Associated Press 2008 NFL All-Pro team announced Friday.

While such standbys as three-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning and six-time All-Pro Ray Lewis made the squad, there was plenty of room for newcomers. Ten of the 14 offensive players and five of the 13 on defense had never been All-Pros.

And there was room for one unanimous selection by a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL: safety Ed Reed, Lewis' teammate in Baltimore.

"He has a tremendous feel for the game," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Reed, who made his third All-Pro squad. "Very, very intelligent player, studies it as well or better than anybody. And he's a highly disciplined player. He plays his position as well as anybody I've ever seen."

Reed certainly did that this year with nine interceptions, and he had two, including one returned for a touchdown, in a wild-card playoff win over Miami last weekend.

Reed was joined in the secondary by Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, making his second All-Pro squad, and two of the newcomers: cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan of Tennessee and Nnamdi Osumagha of Oakland.

"Wow. I don't know if you can put that into words," said Finnegan, a seventh-round draft pick in 2006. "That's a goal guys want to obtain in their years of playing football. That's the best of the best. That's humbling to ever think you could be voted on for that. I didn't look at that as a goal this year."

Asomugha becomes a free agent after the season and will be able to write All-Pro on his resume.

"The timing is good," he said. "I think it's always good to have certain things in your back pocket as far as leverage and negotiating. It was my fourth year the first time I made All-Pro."

Other first-timers on defense were Pittsburgh outside linebacker James Harrison, the AP Defensive Player of the Year; end Justin Tuck of the New York Giants; and inside linebacker Jon Beason of Carolina.

"To get the whole swath in one year, that's great," Harrison said.

The slew of new All-Pros on offense included running backs Michael Turner of Atlanta and Adrian Peterson of Minnesota; fullback Le'Ron McClain of Baltimore; wideouts Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona and Andre Johnson of Houston; tackles Michael Roos of Tennessee and Jordan Gross of Carolina; guard Chris Snee of the Giants; placekicker Stephen Gostkowski of New England; and kick returner Leon Washington of the New York Jets.

"When you think about the Pro Bowl, it's the coaches, players and fans voting and recognizing you to represent your conference," said Washington, who averaged 25.6 yards per kickoff runback, with one touchdown, and 10.4 on punt returns. "But with the AP All-Pro team you're representing the whole league, that's a pretty sweet deal."

Also getting a sweet deal were six repeaters from last year's team: Reed, Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware; defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth of Tennessee and Kevin Williams of Minnesota; defensive end Jared Allen of Minnesota, who was with the Chiefs in 2007; and Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson.

Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez made his fifth All-Pro team. Gonzalez ended his 12th season owning the triple crown of NFL career tight end records: receptions (916), yards receiving (10,940) and TDs (76).

"I wanted to show everybody that I could still play at a high level, that I could still be a leader," said Gonzalez, who certainly did that with 96 catches for 1,058 yards and 10 TDs for a 2-14 team.

Titans center Kevin Mawae was chosen for the third time. Punter Shane Lechler of Oakland made his fourth team.

"It's a very big honor because it combines both AFC and NFC," said Snee, one of the anchors on the NFL's most impressive offensive lines. "There is so much talent at every position, but speaking of guards there is a lot of talent out there. I'm honored."

In all, 16 AFC players and 11 from the NFC were honored this season. The Titans and Vikings led with four players each and Baltimore had three.

Iron Shiek
01-09-2009, 02:10 PM
Here it is by position....Harrison and Polamalu got 1st team. Farrior got 2nd team.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jMHLVrAigVGdqjX2cVRsfLgYi_TgD95JOU0G1


2008 All-Pro Team Roster
19 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) Roster of The Associated Press 2008 NFL All-Pro Team selected by a national panel of media members:

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis.

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Michael Turner, Atlanta.

Fullback

Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore.

Tight End

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City.

Wide Receivers

Andre Johnson, Houston; Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona.

Tackles

Jordan Gross, Carolina; Michael Roos, Tennessee.

Guards

Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota; Chris Snee, NY Giants.

Center

Kevin Mawae, Tennessee.

Placekicker

Stephen Gostkowski, New England.

Kick Returner

Leon Washington, NY Jets.

___

DEFENSE

Ends

Justin Tuck, NY Giants; Jared Allen, Minnesota.

Tackles

Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee; Kevin Williams, Minnesota.

Outside Linebackers

DeMarcus Ware, Dallas; James Harrison, Pittsburgh.

Inside Linebacker

Ray Lewis, Baltimore; Jon Beason, Carolina.

Cornerbacks

Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland; Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee.

Safeties

Ed Reed, Baltimore; Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh.

Punter

Shane Lechler, Oakland.

___

SECOND TEAM

Quarterback

Drew Brees, New Orleans.

Running Backs

DeAngelo Williams, Carolina; Clinton Portis, Washington.

Fullback

Madison Hedgecock, NY Giants.

Tight End

Jason Witten, Dallas.

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith, Carolina; Wes Welker, New England.

Tackles

Ryan Clady, Denver; (tie) David Stewart, Tennessee; Walter Jones, Seattle; Jason Peters, Buffalo; David Diehl, NY Giants; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.

Guards

Kris Dielman, San Diego; Alan Faneca, NY Jets.

Center

Shaun O'Hara, NY Giants.

Placekicker

John Carney, NY Giants.

Kick Returner

Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay.

___

DEFENSE

Ends

Julius Peppers, Carolina; John Abraham, Atlanta.

Tackles

Kris Jenkins, NY Jets; Haloti Ngata, Baltimore.

Outside Linebackers

Joey Porter, Miami; Terrell Suggs, Baltimore.

Inside Linebacker

Patrick Willis, San Francisco; James Farrior, Pittsburgh.

Cornerbacks

Charles Woodson, Green Bay; Antoine Winfield, Minnesota.

Safeties

Adrian Wilson, Arizona; (tie) Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia; Nick Collins, Green Bay.

Punter

Donnie Jones, Miami.

mshifko
01-09-2009, 02:15 PM
glad to see harrison/polamalu on first team...farrior on second too...

however, i would like to think that ike taylor deserved second team CB over charles woodson...anyone else agree?

Iron Shiek
01-09-2009, 02:21 PM
It seems everytime I watched Packers playing Woodson was getting a pick. But I don't know the stat comparison off hand.

You, like I probably have the double bias (Ike being a Steeler and Woodson being a Wolverine-ba$tard)!

AkronSteel
01-09-2009, 02:22 PM
Good to see James and Troy getting 1st team All-Pro, they definitely deserved the accolades, both had tremendous years that were worthy of DPOY! :Bow

My only question is where is Willie Colon? How does a man of his stature not deserve at least 2nd team All-Pro.

:stirpot

Iron Shiek
01-09-2009, 02:24 PM
Good to see James and Troy getting 1st team All-Pro, they definitely deserved the accolades, both had tremendous years that were worthy of DPOY! :Bow

My only question is where is Willie Colon? How does a man of his stature not deserve at least 2nd team All-Pro.

:stirpot

Don't worry...the 2nd team All-Pro "Bonehead" team hasn't been announced yet. But I will go on a witchhunt, pitchfork and flames in hand, for all the AP voters for not putting him on the 1st team and naming him MVB(onehead).

stlrz d
01-09-2009, 02:30 PM
Farrior and Lewis should be swapped. Actually I'd argue that D'Qwell Jackson should replace Lewis all together.

ikestops85
01-09-2009, 03:45 PM
I don't know about the rest of you but I'm really pissed that Chukki Okobi didn't make it. He's easily better than Mawae or O'Hara. What team does he play for again? :stirpot

SidSmythe
01-09-2009, 03:50 PM
Lineman make it on reputation. they must just pick the ProBowlers.

mshifko
01-09-2009, 04:28 PM
I don't know about the rest of you but I'm really pissed that Chukki Okobi didn't make it. He's easily better than Mawae or O'Hara. What team does he play for again? :stirpot
haha if they had a special teamer catagory other than return man, i'm sure sean morey would be first team...he's just an awesome talent and doesn't waste a spot as a WR, i mean the guy can get it done :lol: :lol: :lol:

frankthetank1
01-09-2009, 04:45 PM
brees is second team and peyton is first? thats bs, brees and warner had much better numbers than peyton

phillyesq
01-09-2009, 04:51 PM
Here is a link to the complete voting:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3821666

Of note:

Aaron Smith got 2 (very well deserved) votes at DE.
Casey Hampton got 2 votes at DT.
Lamaar Woodley received 1 vote at OLB.
James Harrison received 1 vote at Inside Linebacker. That voter should have his privileges revoked immediately (unless he realized that Harrison was such a force that he voted for him inside and outside).
Troy P received 46 votes at safety.

RuthlessBurgher
01-09-2009, 04:58 PM
Here is a link to the complete voting:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3821666

Of note:

Aaron Smith got 2 (very well deserved) votes at DE.
Casey Hampton got 2 votes at DT.
Lamaar Woodley received 1 vote at OLB.
James Harrison received 1 vote at Inside Linebacker. That voter should have his privileges revoked immediately (unless he realized that Harrison was such a force that he voted for him inside and outside).
Troy P received 46 votes at safety.

I agree that the guy who voted for James Harrison as an inside linebacker should have his vote revoked...that vote was supposed to be for James Harrison as a free safety. The only thing that should be unanimous about Ed Reed is that everyone unanimously agrees that James Harrison laid the smack down upon him.

:Steel

http://www.baltimoresun.com/media/photo/2007-11/33649872.jpg

skyhawk
01-09-2009, 08:14 PM
This is so much of a better list than the Pro Bowl squads.

Except that Payton Manning is on the list instead of Brees. :wft

agdci981
01-10-2009, 12:13 AM
wait...Porter made an All-Pro team??? I was told by MANY on here he was washed up and his career was over?? :nono

Steel Life
01-10-2009, 10:16 AM
glad to see harrison/polamalu on first team...farrior on second too...

however, i would like to think that ike taylor deserved second team CB over charles woodson...anyone else agree?
Yes.

BTW...LeRon McClain getting both Pro Bowl & All-Pro status as a FB is complete BS. And how Silverback can get DPOY & not be unanimous or near it seems odd.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-11-2009, 01:31 AM
And how Silverback can get DPOY & not be unanimous or near it seems odd.

Not only wasn't he unamimous....but he didn't finish first at OLB, Ware did.

Also, Ike received zero votes????

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-11-2009, 01:35 AM
And how Silverback can get DPOY & not be unanimous or near it seems odd.

Not only wasn't he unamimous....but he didn't finish first at OLB, Ware did.

Also, Ike received zero votes????