NFL All-Pro Team includes 15 newcomers

January 9, 2009 10:00:28 AM PST
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed is the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press 2008 NFL All-Pro team that has 15 first-timers. Ten of the 14 offensive players and five of the 13 on defense had never been All-Pros. The select squad also consists of such standbys as three-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts at quarterback and six-time All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis of Baltimore.

The slew of new All-Pros on offense includes running backs Michael Turner of Atlanta and Adrian Peterson of Minnesota.

There are six repeaters from last year's team: Reed, Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware; defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth of Tennessee and Kevin Williams of Minnesota; defensive end Jared Allen of Minnesota, who was with the Chiefs in 2007; and Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson.

Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez made his fifth All-Pro team. Punter Shane Lechler of Oakland made his fourth team. And Titans center Kevin Mawae was chosen for the third time.

A nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL participated in the balloting.

In all, 16 AFC players and 11 from the NFC were honored this season. The Titans and Vikings led with four players each and Baltimore had three.

Here is the roster of The Associated Press 2008 NFL All-Pro Team selected by a national panel of media members:

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Michael Turner, Atlanta

Fullback

Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore

Tight End

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City

Wide Receivers

Andre Johnson, Houston; Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

Tackles

Jordan Gross, Carolina; Michael Roos, Tennessee

Guards

Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota; Chris Snee, NY Giants

Center

Kevin Mawae, Tennessee

Placekicker

Stephen Gostkowski, New England

Kick Returner

Leon Washington, NY Jets

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DEFENSE

Ends

Justin Tuck, NY Giants; Jared Allen, Minnesota

Tackles

Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee; Kevin Williams, Minnesota

Outside Linebackers

DaMarcus Ware, Dallas; James Harrison, Pittsburgh

Inside Linebacker

Ray Lewis, Baltimore; Jon Beason, Carolina

Cornerbacks

Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland; Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee

Safeties

Ed Reed, Baltimore; Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh

Punter

Shane Lechler, Oakland

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Drew Brees, New Orleans

Running Backs

DeAngelo Williams, Carolina; Clinton Portis, Washington

Fullback

Madison Hedgecock, NY Giants

Tight End

Jason Witten, Dallas

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith, Carolina; Wes Welker, New England

Tackles

Ryan Clady, Denver; (tie) David Stewart, Tennessee; Walter Jones, Seattle; Jason Peters, Buffalo; David Diehl, NY Giants; Joe Thomas, Cleveland

Guards

Kris Dielman, San Diego; Alan Faneca, NY Jets

Center

Shaun O'Hara, NY Giants

Placekicker

John Carney, NY Giants

Kick Returner

Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay

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DEFENSE

Ends

Julius Peppers, Carolina; John Abraham, Atlanta

Tackles

Kris Jenkins, NY Jets; Haloti Ngata, Baltimore

Outside Linebackers

Joey Porter, Miami; Terrell Suggs, Baltimore

Inside Linebacker

Patrick Willis, San Francisco; James Farrior, Pittsburgh

Cornerbacks

Charles Woodson, Green Bay; Antoine Winfield, Minnesota

Safeties

Adrian Wilson, Arizona; (tie) Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia; Nick Collins, Green Bay

Punter

Donnie Jones, St. Louis

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