01-11-2008, 12:15 AM
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Join Date: Aug 2002
| | Moss and Tomlinson unanimous picks for AP All-Pro team
Moss was joined on the squad by the other end of his record-setting tandem, quarterback Tom Brady but, inexplicably, the passer who put together one of, if not the greatest season for a quarterback in the league's history was not a unanimous selection. One writer chose to split his vote between Brady, who threw a record 50 touchdown passes this season and earned both the Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year honors, and Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre. |
Tomlinson was joined in the backfield by Chargers teammate fullback Lorenzo Neal, and Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and wide receiver Terrell Owens filled out the offensive skill positions.
The unbeaten Pats led the league with five on the All-Pro team, as tackle Matt Light, cornerback Asante Samuel, and outside linebacker Mike Vrabel also made the squad. Moss is a four-time All-Pro, the rest are on the team for the first time.
Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who led the league with 10 interceptions, gave San Diego three players on the team. Also with three All- Pro members were the Cowboys, who also had linebacker DeMarcus Ware, and the Seattle Seahawks, who had tackle Walter Jones, defensive end Patrick Kerney, and linebacker Lofa Tatupu. All told, 15 AFC players made the team, compared to 12 NFC players.
Filling out the offensive line were Minnesota guard Steve Hutchinson, Pittsburgh guard Alan Faneca, and Indianapolis center Jeff Saturday.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen's 15 1/2-sack performance this season led the NFL, and earned him All-Pro honors. He was joined on the defensive line by Minnesota tackle Kevin Williams and Tennessee tackle Albert Haynesworth.
San Francisco inside linebacker Patrick Willis was the only rookie selected to the team. Indianapolis safety Bob Sanders, the Defensive Player of the Year, and Baltimore safety Ed Reed filled out the defensive side of the ball.
Tennessee kicker Rob Bironas and 49ers punter Andy Lee earned special teams slots. Kick returner Devin Hester made the team for the second time in his two seasons in the NFL.