Two Texans named to All-Pro teams

Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson and linebacker Brian Cushing were named to the Associated Press All-Pro team (AP Photo)

January 15, 2010 4:19:02 PM PST
Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson and linebacker Brian Cushing were named to the Associated Press All-Pro team. Johnson earned first-team recognition and Cushing was named to the second team.[SPORTS BLOG: Read the latest from the Eyewitness Sports team]

The selection was Johnson's second straight All-Pro honor and the second of his career, making him the first Texans player to earn multiple All-Pro nods. Johnson accumulated 44 votes, the highest vote total among wide receivers and the second-highest among offensive players behind Titans RB Chris Johnson, who received 50 votes.

"It's a tremendous honor. It's something that as a personal goal, I try to always shoot for - to be mentioned as one of the best at your position," Andre Johnson said. "It just goes to show that people are watching what you're doing out on the football field and the things that you're doing, you're doing them right."

Johnson led the league in receiving yards with 1,569 yards on 101 catches and also established a career high with nine touchdowns. He joined future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only receivers to lead the NFL in receiving yards in back-to-back seasons after posting a career-high 1,575 yards in 2008.

It was Johnson's third major award this season. He was also voted the starting wide receiver for the AFC in the 2010 Pro Bowl and the 2009 NFL Alumni Wide Receiver of the Year.

Cushing was the only rookie named to either the first or second team this season. He led the team with 133 tackles, including 86 solo tackles, and his four interceptions and 10 passes defensed led all NFL linebackers. He was also named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year.

The selections of Johnson and Cushing marks the second time in franchise history that the Texans posted multiple players on the All-Pro teams. Defensive end Mario Williams and linebacker DeMeco Ryans were both named to the second team in 2007. Kick returner Jerome Mathis was named first-team All-Pro in 2005.