5 Browns Named To AP All-Pro 1st & 2nd Teams
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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns might have finished 4-12, but they are the most talented team with a losing season in the league this year.
Receiver Josh Gordon, left tackle Joe Thomas, center Alex Mack, cornerback Joe Haden, and safety T.J. Ward were all named Friday to the Associated Press’ All Pro teams.
The Browns tied Kansas City and San Francisco for the most All Pro selections with 5. It also marked the second time in team history that the Browns had 5 All Pro selections.
In 1953 Len Ford, Frank Gatski, Otto Graham, Lou Groza and Bill Wills, each of whom were later enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, were named All Pros.
Gordon became the first Brown to lead the NFL in receiving yards with a franchise record 1,646 yards. He also caught 9 touchdowns and will make his first trip to the Pro Bowl later this month. He was the first player in NFL history to record back to back 200-yard receiving games and his 117.6 receiving yards per game average led the NFL. Gordon tied for the league lead and set a new team record with 7 100-yard games.
Thomas, who was named to his seventh straight Pro Bowl, joined Gordon on the AP’s first team. It marks the fourth time Thomas has received the honor and he’s made the second team twice as well. He has started all 112 career games at tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since being selected by the Browns with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. His stretch of 6,923 consecutive offensive snaps is the longest active streak in the league.
Haden, Mack and Ward were named to the second team. Haden and Mack are also headed to Hawaii while Ward is a Pro Bowl alternate.
Tight end Jordan Cameron is the only Browns Pro Bowler not named All Pro.
A total of 50 AP media members vote on the team and it is one of the standards used during Hall of Fame balloting.
The complete first and second teams for the 2013 season are below.
FIRST TEAM – OFFENSE
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.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis.
Defensive 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.
SECOND TEAM – OFFENSE
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.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Defensive Ends: Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina.
Defensive 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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