Peyton Manning Is Only Unanimous All-Pro Choice; Rolle, Wilk Make Second Team
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Peyton Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. It was his seventh time as a first-teamer, tying Hall of Famer Otto Graham for the most by a quarterback.
The Denver star set NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 yards through the air.
He was chosen on all 50 ballots from media members who regularly cover the NFL. Manning also was an All-Pro in 2003, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’09 and last season.
New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and Indianapolis outside linebacker Robert Mathis each drew 49 votes. Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had 48.
Minnesota kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson was the only rookie on the squad.
Eighteen NFC players and nine from the AFC made the team. Philadelphia and Carolina each had three: NFL rushing leader McCoy, guard Evan Mathis and tackle Jason Peters for the Eagles; linebacker Luke Kuechly, center Ryan Kalil and fullback Mike Tolbert for the Panthers.
Manning and Graham do not hold the mark for most All-Pro appearances. Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, for example, was a 10-time All-Pro.
Only two members of the top teams in each conference made the All-Pro team. Joining Manning from the Broncos (13-3) was guard Louis Vasquez. Joining Sherman from the Seahawks (13-3) was safety Earl Thomas.
Rounding out the offense were receivers Calvin Johnson of Detroit and Josh Gordon of Cleveland; running back Jamaal Charles of Kansas City; and tackle Joe Thomas of Cleveland.
Other All-Pros on defense were ends J.J. Watt of Houston and Robert Quinn of St. Louis; tackles Gerald McCoy of Tampa Bay and Ndamukong Suh of Detroit; outside linebacker Lavonte David of Tampa Bay; inside LB NaVorro Bowman of San Francisco; cornerback Patrick Peterson of Arizona; and safety Eric Berry of Kansas City.
The special teamers were Patterson, kicker Justin Tucker of Baltimore and punter Johnny Hekker of St. Louis.
Oddly, 12 of the 27 players chosen did not make the playoffs this season.
Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and Giants safety Antrel Rolle made the second team.
The full roster is below:
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver
Running Backs: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
Fullback: Mike Tolbert, Carolina
Tight End: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
Wide Receivers: Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland
Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia
Guards: Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia
Center: Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis
Tackles: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit
Outside Linebackers: Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay
Inside Linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Berry, Kansas City
Punter: Johnny Hekker, St. Louis
Running Backs: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay
Fullback: Marcel Reece, Oakland
Tight End: Vernon Davis, San Francisco
Wide Receivers: A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Demaryius Thomas, Denver and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Staley, San Francisco
Guards: Jahri Evans, New Orleans; Logan Mankins, New England and Josh Sitton, Green Bay
Center: Alex Mack, Cleveland
Placekicker: Matt Prater, Denver
Kick Returner: Dexter McCluster, Kansas City
Ends: Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina
Tackles: Dontari Poe, Kansas City; Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, Jurrell Casey, Tennessee and Justin Smith, San Francisco
Outside Linebackers: Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco
Inside Linebackers: Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati; Karlos Dansby, Arizona
Cornerbacks: Aqib Talib, New England; Joe Haden, Cleveland and Alterraun Verner, Tennessee
Safeties: Eric Weddle, San Diego; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, T.J. Ward, Cleveland, Devin McCourty, New England and Antrel Rolle, New York Giants
Punter: Brandon Fields, Miami
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