Brady, AFC players dominate selections on AP All-Pro Team

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NEW YORK -- It's unanimous. And Tom Brady has outdone even himself.

2010 NFL All-Pro team
Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England.
Running Backs: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City; Arian Foster, Houston.
Fullback: Vonta Leach, Houston.
Tight End Jason Witten, Dallas.
Wide Receivers: Roddy White, Atlanta; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis.
Tackles: Jake Long, Miami; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.
Guards: Logan Mankins, New England; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.
Center: Nick Mangold, New York Jets.
Kicker: Billy Cundiff, Baltimore.
Kick Returner: Devin Hester, Chicago.

Ends: Julius Peppers, Chicago; John Abraham, Atlanta.
Tackles: Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit.
Outside Linebackers: Clay Matthews, Green Bay; James Harrison, Pittsburgh.
Inside Linebacker: Patrick Willis, San Francisco; Jerod Mayo, New England.
Cornerbacks: Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland; Darrelle Revis, New York Jets.
Safeties: Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh; Ed Reed, Baltimore.
Punter: Shane Lechler, Oakland.

Quarterback: None.
Running Backs: Michael Turner, Atlanta; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota.
Fullback: Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta.
Tight End: Antonio Gates, San Diego.
Wide Receivers: Brandon Lloyd, Denver; Calvin Johnson, Detroit, and Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City (tie).
Tackles: Jason Peters, Philadelphia; Sebastian Vollmer, New England.
Guards: Chris Snee, New York Giants; Carl Nicks, New Orleans.
Center: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.
Kicker: David Akers, Philadelphia.
Kick Returner: Leon Washington, Seattle.

Ends: Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants; Justin Tuck, New York Giants.
Tackles: Vince Wilfork, New England; Kyle Williams, Buffalo.
Outside Linebackers: Cameron Wake, Miami; DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.
Inside Linebackers: Brian Urlacher, Chicago; Ray Lewis, Baltimore.
Cornerbacks: Devin McCourty, New England; Charles Woodson, Green Bay.
Safeties: Nick Collins, Green Bay; and Antrel Rolle, New York Giants, Eric Weddle, San Diego, Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans, Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia, Chris Harris, Chicago, Michael Huff, Oakland, Michael Griffin, Tennessee, and Darren Sharper, New Orleans (tie).
Punter: Mat McBriar, Dallas.

The record-setting New England Patriots quarterback is the leading vote-getter for The Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team, the seventh consecutive year that at least one player received every vote. Three years ago, when Brady set the league record for touchdown passes, he missed being a unanimous selection by a half-vote, sharing a ballot with Brett Favre.

As usual, Brady prefers to deflect praise to the rest of the Patriots, who went 14-2 this season before losing to the New York Jets in the playoffs.

"I've been here for a while, so I've seen our offense evolve," Brady said. "We do some different things now than we've done in the past. Ultimately we're still trying to do the same thing, which is be productive and win games."

Brady won those 14 games as the league's leading passer, and he went an NFL-record 335 attempts without an interception. Overall, he threw 36 touchdown passes and just four interceptions.

Brady is one of three New England players selected to the All-Pro Team by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. He's joined by guard Logan Mankins and inside linebacker Jerod Mayo.

A player has made the team unanimously since 2004, including one of this year's All-Pros, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed. The Ravens also have defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and kicker Billy Cundiff on the team.

One rookie -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh -- is an AP All-Pro.

"It's a great honor, and it's an award I've had my eye on, along with being in the Pro Bowl," Suh said. "Those are two of the highest accomplishments you can have other than winning a Super Bowl and being MVP. To be the only rookie speaks volumes about the help I got from my teammates -- especially on the defensive line -- and my coaches."

Suh's work, including 10 sacks that ranked him tops at his position, so impressed longtime defensive coach Gunther Cunningham that the Lions coordinator said, "I've never seen anything like this, and a lot of people want to compare him. There's no comparison."

It's also difficult to compare the Oakland Raiders' Shane Lechler to other punters. Lechler has the most All-Pro selections of anyone on the 2010 team, six.

The AFC is the dominant conference with 18 of the 27 spots: nine on offense, seven on defense, two special-teamers.

Joining Brady in the backfield is one of the season's biggest surprises, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. He went from a nonentity with the Texans to the league's leading rusher with 1,616 yards and 16 TDs. The other tailback is the Kansas City Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, like Foster a first-time choice.

Foster's guide through holes in the line, Vonta Leach, is the All-Pro fullback, also for the first time.

The wide receivers are the Atlanta Falcons' Roddy White and the Indianapolis Colts' Reggie Wayne, both newcomers to the team. White led the league with 115 catches.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten makes it for the second time.

Up front are Mankins and the New Orleans Saints Jahri Evans at guard, the Miami Dolphins' Jake Long and Cleveland Browns' Joe Thomas at tackle, and center Nick Mangold of the New York Jets. Evans, Thomas and Mangold are repeaters from last season. Long and Mankins are first-timers.

Cundiff and Lechler are joined on special teams by Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester, who also was an All-Pro in 2006 and 2007. This season, Hester's 17.1-yard punt return average set a record, and he passed Brian Mitchell for career kick-return touchdowns with 14.

Along with Reed, making his fifth All-Pro squad, Ngata, Suh and Mayo on defense are ends Julius Peppers and John Abraham; outside linebackers Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers and James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers; inside linebacker Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers; cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders and Darrelle Revis of the Jets; and safety Troy Polamalu of the Steelers.

Defensive repeaters from 2009 are Willis and Revis.

Polamalu, Peppers and Willis make it for the third time, Abraham, Harrison and Asomugha for the second.

In all, 10 AFC teams and eight from the NFC are represented. Chicago and Atlanta are the only two NFC clubs with two players.

Results of The Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro balloting selected by a national panel of media members (first-team players in bold):

Complete All-Pro team voting
Position Player(s)
Quarterback Tom Brady, New England, 50
Running backs1 Arian Foster, Houston, 45
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City, 33
Michael Turner, Atlanta, 8
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 6
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville, 5
Fullback2 Vonta Leach, Houston, 17
Ovie Mughelli, Baltimore, 13
Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore, 7
Lawrence Vickers, Cleveland, 4
Greg Jones, Jacksonville, 4
Michael Turner, Atlanta, 1
Jason Snelling, Atlanta, 1
John Kuhn, Green Bay, 1
Marcel Reece, Oakland, 1
Wide receivers Roddy White, Atlanta, 47
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis, 18
Brandon Lloyd, Denver, 10
Calvin Johnson, Detroit, 8
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City, 8
Andre Johnson, Houston, 5
Greg Jennings, Green Bay, 2
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh, 2
Tight end Jason Witten, Dallas, 36
Antonio Gates, San Diego, 8
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville, 3
Vernon Davis, San Francisco, 2
Rob Gronkowski, New England, 1
Offensive tackles Joe Thomas, Cleveland, 22
Jake Long, Miami, 21
Jason Peters, Philadelphia, 11
Sebastian Vollmer, New England, 7
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets, 6
Donald Penn, Tampa Bay, 5
Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati, 5
Kareem McKenzie, N.Y. Giants, 4
Jordan Gross, Carolina, 4
Chad Clifton, Green Bay, 4
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore, 2
David Stewart, Tennessee, 2
Michael Roos, Tennessee, 1
Michael Oher, Baltimore, 1
Tyson Clabo, Atlanta, 1
Matt Light, New England, 1
Sam Baker, Atlanta, 1
Damien Woody, N.Y. Jets, 1
Eric Winston, Houston, 1
Guards Jahri Evans, New Orleans, 24
Logan Mankins, New England, 15
Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants, 14
Carl Nicks, New Orleans, 13
Brian Waters, Kansas City, 12
Kris Dielman, San Diego, 9
Josh Sitton, Green Bay, 5
Brandon Moore, N.Y. Jets, 3
Ryan Lilja, Kansas City, 3
Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota, 1
Rich Seubert, N.Y. Giants, 1
Center Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets, 37
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh, 11
Casey Wiegmann, Kansas City, 1
Alex Mack, Cleveland, 1
Position Player(s)
Defensive ends Julius Peppers, Chicago, 35
John Abraham, Atlanta, 21
Justin Tuck, N.Y. Giants, 16
Osi Umenyiora, N.Y. Giants, 9
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis, 7
Trent Cole, Philadelphia, 4
Jason Babin, Tennessee, 2
Jared Allen, Minnesota, 2
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis, 1
Cameron Wake, Miami, 1
Vince Wilfork, New England, 1
Justin Smith, San Francisco, 1
Tackles Haloti Ngata, Baltimore, 45
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, 30
Vince Wilfork, New England, 15
Kyle Williams, Buffalo, 3
Justin Smith, San Francisco, 2
B.J. Raji, Green Bay, 1
Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh, 1
Tony Brown, Tennessee, 1
Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta, 1
Outside linebackers3 Clay Matthews, Green Bay, 39
James Harrison, Pittsburgh, 31
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas, 9
Cameron Wake, Miami, 9
Tamba Hali, Kansas City, 7
Lance Briggs, Chicago, 2
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore, 1
Inside linebacker4 Patrick Willis, San Francisco, 28
Jerod Mayo, New England, 21
Brian Urlacher, Chicago, 20
Ray Lewis, Baltimore, 18
Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh, 8
Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans, 1
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City, 1
A.J. Hawk, Green Bay, 1
Cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland, 20
Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets, 19
Devin McCourty, New England, 17
Charles Woodson, Green Bay, 14
Asante Samuel, Philadelphia, 12
Tramon Williams, Green Bay, 8
Brent Grimes, Atlanta 3
DeAngelo Hall, Washington, 2
Champ Bailey, Denver, 2
Joe Haden, Cleveland, 1
Brandon Flowers, Kansas City, 1
Antoine Winfield, Minnesota, 1
Safeties Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh, 47
Ed Reed, Baltimore, 41
Nick Collins, Green Bay, 4
Ed Reed, Baltimore, 4
Darren Sharper, New Orleans, 1
Antrel Rolle, N.Y. Giants, 1
Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans, 1
Michael Griffin, Tennessee, 1
Eric Weddle, San Diego, 1
Chris Harris, Chicago, 1
Michael Huff, Oakland, 1
Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia, 1
Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Shane Lechler, Oakland, 34
Mat McBriar, Dallas, 11
Sam Koch, Baltimore, 3
Donnie Jones, St. Louis, 2
Kicker Billy Cundiff, Baltimore 24
David Akers, Philadelphia, 10
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland, 4
Rob Bironas, Tennessee, 4
Matt Bryant, Atlanta, 4
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis, 3
Neil Rackers, Houston, 1
Kick returner Devin Hester, Chicago, 43
Leon Washington, Seattle, 4
Jacoby Ford, Oakland, 2
Marc Mariani, Tennessee, 1
1 three voters selected only one running back
2 one voter selected didn't vote for a fullback.
3 two voters selected only one outside linebacker.
4 two voters selected only one inside linebacker.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press



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