League announces 2000s NFL All-Decade Team

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The NFL's annual Pro Bowl is a celebration of the season's best. The 2010 version also was a chance to honor some of the decade's biggest stars.

Twelve players selected to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team competed in the Pro Bowl before a sellout crowd Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

All-stars from the Super Bowl-competing teams didn't participate in the Pro Bowl, but most of them attended the game and were honored as part of the pregame festivities. Three of those players also were selected to the All-Decade Team: quarterback Peyton Manning and defensive end Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts and safety Darren Sharper of the New Orleans Saints.

The NFL All-Decade teams are chosen every 10 years by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee members. The 2000s marked the ninth All-Decade team to be selected in NFL history.

This decade's 53-player team is comprised of two quarterbacks, four running backs, one fullback, four wide receivers, two tight ends, four offensive tackles, four guards, two centers, four defensive tackles, four defensive ends, six linebackers, four cornerbacks, four safeties, two kickers, two punters, two kick returners and two punt returners. Current New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and retired Colts coach Tony Dungy also were chosen for the team.

2000s NFL All-Decade Team (* 2010 Pro Bowl pick)
Position Name Team(s)
Quarterback Tom Brady Patriots
Quarterback Peyton Manning Colts
Running back Shaun Alexander Seahawks
Running back Jamal Lewis Ravens, Browns
Running back Edgerrin James Colts, Cardinals
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson Chargers
Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Colts
Wide receiver Torry Holt Rams, Jaguars
Wide receiver Randy Moss Vikings, Raiders, Patriots
Wide receiver Terrell Owens 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills
Fullback Lorenzo Neal Titans, Bengals, Chargers, Ravens
Tight end * Antonio Gates Chargers
Tight end Tony Gonzalez Chiefs, Falcons
Offensive tackle Walter Jones Seahawks
Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden Ravens
Offensive tackle Orlando Pace Rams, Bears
Offensive tackle William Roaf Saints, Chiefs
Guard Larry Allen Cowboys
Guard * Alan Faneca Steelers, Jets
Guard * Steve Hutchinson Seahawks, Vikings
Guard Will Shields Chiefs
Center Olin Kreutz Bears
Center * Kevin Mawae Jets, Titans
Position Name Team(s)
Defensive end Dwight Freeney Colts
Defensive end * Julius Peppers Panthers
Defensive end Michael Strahan Giants
Defensive end Jason Taylor Dolphins
Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover Saints, Cowboys, Rams
Defensive tackle Warren Sapp Buccaneers, Raiders
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour Patriots, Raiders
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams Vikings
Linebacker Derrick Brooks Buccaneers
Linebacker * Ray Lewis Ravens
Linebacker Joey Porter Steelers, Dolphins
Linebacker Zach Thomas Dolphins, Cowboys, Chiefs
Linebacker Brian Urlacher Bears
Linebacker * DeMarcus Ware Cowboys
Safety * Brian Dawkins Eagles, Broncos
Safety Troy Polamalu Steelers
Safety Ed Reed Ravens
Safety Darren Sharper Packers, Vikings, Saints
Cornerback Ronde Barber Buccaneers
Cornerback * Champ Bailey Redskins, Broncos
Cornerback Ty Law Patriots, Jets, Chiefs, Broncos
Cornerback Charles Woodson Raiders, Packers
Special teams
Position Name Team(s)
Punter * Shane Lechler Raiders
Punter Brian Moorman Bills
Kicker * David Akers Redskins, Eagles
Kicker Adam Vinatieri Patriots, Colts
Kick returner * Joshua Cribbs Browns
Kick returner Dante Hall Chiefs, Rams
Punt returner Dante Hall Chiefs, Rams
Punt returner Devin Hester Bears

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