The Assoicated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team was announced this morning. Let's take a look at who made the first and second team on both sides of the ball.
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.
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).
Congratulations to James Harrison, Troy Polamalu for making the first team list, and to rookie center Maurkice Pouncey for making the second team in his first professional season. Quite an accomplishment for the young man. If I were to make any complaints, it would be the omission of Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker. Hard to argue the inclusion of Patrick Willis, but I'd contend that Timmons had just as good a season as Jerod Mayo, and certainly as good as Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis. Though the All Pro lists are far more indicative of performance than is the Pro Bowl, it's hard to argue that reputation didn't help both Urlacher and Lewis earn their fifth and eighth All Pro nominations respectively. Anyway, Timmons has his best football still ahead of him, and it's only a matter of time before he gets his proper due.
Congratulations to the three Steelers who did make the list. Quite an accomplishment from three remarkable individual talents.