|Chris Johnson was the only unanimous choice for The Associated Press 2009 NFL All-Pro Team.|
The 2,000-yard rusher from the Tennessee Titans was the only unanimous choice for the squad, announced Thursday. He's joined in the backfield by Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who won an unprecedented fourth Most Valuable Player Award last week, when only quarterbacks received votes.
"That'd be a good thing,'' said Johnson, who won the Offensive Player of the Year award Wednesday. "Because I feel like if you put a season out there, out of those dudes who got votes or the dudes who won, I wouldn't feel they had a better season than I had, and broke as many records in one season that I had.''
For setting the league mark for yards from scrimmage and becoming the sixth 2,000-yard rusher in NFL history, Johnson got all 50 votes from a nationwide panel of sports writers. One other player, San Francisco inside linebacker Patrick Willis, came close with, appropriately, 49. Cornerbacks Charles Woodson of Green Bay, the Defensive Player of the Year, and Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets each got 48, as did Oakland punter Shane Lechler.
"I just think Patrick is a very unique guy,'' 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. "He's a guy who's always going to be around the ball. He has the instincts. He has the speed. He can be where he wants to be.''
He's on the All-Pro team for the second time in his three pro seasons. The other inside linebacker, Baltimore's Ray Lewis, made it for the seventh time.
Other veteran All-Pros include Manning, chosen for the fifth time, as were Minnesota guard Steve Hutchinson and Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams, and Lechler.
The Vikings had the most players on the team with four - running back Adrian Peterson and defensive end Jared Allen also made it. Next was Indianapolis with three: Manning, tight end Dallas Clark, and DE Dwight Freeney.
New Orleans (guard Jahri Evans and safety Darren Sharper), Dallas (outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff), the Jets (Revis and center Nick Mangold), Denver (tackle Ryan Clady and defensive end Elvis Dumervil) and Cleveland (tackle Joe Thomas and kick returner Joshua Cribbs) had two players.
"To be selected for the All-Pro team is really overwhelming to me,'' Clady said. "There are so many great tackles playing right now. To be recognized among them is truly a blessing. I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for this honor.''
In all, there were 15 AFC players and 12 from the NFC selected.
Sixteen players made All-Pro for the first time: Johnson, Woodson, Revis, Sharper, Dumervil, Ratliff, Cribbs, Mangold, Evans, Thomas, Clady, Clark, New England receiver Wes Welker, Philadelphia fullback Leonard Weaver, San Diego placekicker Nick Kaeding and Arizona safety Adrian Wilson.
Also selected to the team was Houston receiver Andre Johnson for the second time.
Repeaters from last year were Manning, Peterson, Andre Johnson, Hutchinson, Allen, Williams, Ware, Lewis and Lechler.
The New York Giants, Washington, Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, St. Louis, Miami, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Pittsburgh had no All-Pros this season.
The Associated Press 2009 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of media members:
Quarterback — Peyton Manning, Indianapolis.
Running Backs — Chris Johnson, Tennessee; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota.
Fullback — Leonard Weaver, Philadelphia.
Tight End — Dallas Clark, Indianapolis.
Wide Receivers — Andre Johnson, Houston; Wes Welker, New England.
Tackles — Ryan Clady, Denver; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.
Guards — Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.
Center — Nick Mangold, New York Jets.
Placekicker — Nate Kaeding, San Diego.
Kick Returner — Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland.
Ends — Jared Allen, Minnesota; Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis.
Tackles — Jay Ratliff, Dallas; Kevin Williams, Minnesota.
Outside Linebackers — Elvis Dumervil, Denver; DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.
Inside Linebacker — Patrick Willis, San Francisco; Ray Lewis, Baltimore.
Cornerbacks — Charles Woodson, Green Bay; Darrelle Revis, New York Jets.
Safeties — Darren Sharper, New Orleans; Adrian Wilson, Arizona.
Punter — Shane Lechler, Oakland.
Quarterback — Drew Brees, New Orleans.
Running Backs — Ray Rice, Baltimore; Steven Jackson, St. Louis.
Fullback — Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore.
Tight End — Antonio Gates, San Diego.
Wide Receivers — Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis; Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona.
Tackles — Michael Roos, Tennessee; Jake Long, Miami.
Guards — Logan Mankins, New England; Kris Dielman, San Diego.
Center — Andre Gurode, Dallas.
Placekicker — David Akers, Philadelphia.
Kick Returner — DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia.
Ends — Trent Cole, Philadelphia; Julius Peppers, Carolina.
Tackles — Darnell Dockett, Arizona; Haloti Ngata, Baltimore.
Outside Linebackers — Brian Cushing, Houston; LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh.
Inside Linebackers — David Harris, New York Jets; Jon Beason, Carolina.
Cornerbacks — Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland; Asante Samuel, Philadelphia, and Leon Hall, Cincinnati (tie).
Safeties — Brian Dawkins, Denver; Ed Reed, Baltimore, and Nick Collins, Green Bay (tie).
Punter — Andy Lee, San Francisco, and Donnie Jones, St. Louis (tie).
Results of* The Associated Press* 2009 NFL All-Pro balloting selected by a national panel of media members:
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 36½; Drew Brees, New Orleans, 12½; Philip Rivers, San Diego, 1.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee, 50; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 17; Ray Rice, Baltimore, 12; Steven Jackson, St. Louis, 9; Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville, 6; Thomas Jones, NY Jets, 3; DeAngelo Williams, Carolina, 1.
Leonard Weaver, Philadelphia, 24; Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore, 14; Lousaka Polite, Miami, 9; Lawrence Vickers, Cleveland, 1; Tony Richardson, NY Jets, 1.
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis, 25½; Antonio Gates, San Diego, 10½; Vernon Davis, San Francisco, 9; Jason Witten, Dallas, 4; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh, 1.
Andre Johnson, Houston, 44; Wes Welker, New England, 20; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis, 12; Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona, 8; DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia, 6; Miles Austin, Dallas, 6; Vincent Jackson, San Diego, 2; Brandon Marshall, Denver, 2.
Ryan Clady, Denver, 30; Joe Thomas, Cleveland, 18; Michael Roos, Tennessee, 12; Jake Long, Miami, 12; Jason Peters, Philadelphia, 5; Jon Stinchcomb, New Orleans, 5; Bryant McKinnie, Minnesota, 4; Michael Oher, Baltimore, 4; David Stewart, Tennessee, 3; Vernon Carey, Miami, 2; Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati, 2; D'Brickashaw Ferguson, NY Jets, 2; Marcus McNeill, San Diego, 1; Willie Colon, Pittsburgh, 1.
Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota, 31; Jahri Evans, New Orleans, 28; Logan Mankins, New England, 12; Kris Dielman, San Diego, 9; Alan Faneca, NY Jets, 7; Chris Snee, NY Giants, 5; Leonard Davis, Dallas, 4; Carl Nicks, New Orleans, 3. Brandon Moore, NY Jets, 1.
Nick Mangold, NY Jets, 31; Andre Gurode, Dallas, 9; Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis, 8; Shaun O'Hara, NY Giants, 2.
Nate Kaeding, San Diego, 27; David Akers, Philadelphia, 11; Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland, 8; Rob Bironas, Tennessee, 1; Stephen Gostkowski, New England, 1; Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh, 1; Olindo Mare, Seattle, 1.
Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland, 45½; DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia, 3½; Percy Harvin, Minnesota, 1.
Jared Allen, Minnesota, 45; Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis, 36; Trent Cole, Philadelphia, 9; Julius Peppers, Carolina, 6; Robert Mathis, Indianapolis, 1; Andre Carter, Washington, 1; Randy Starks, Miami, 1; Will Smith, New Orleans, 1.
Jay Ratliff, Dallas, 29; Kevin Williams, Minnesota, 24; Darnell Dockett, Arizona, 23; Haloti Ngata, Baltimore, 14; Vince Wilfork, New England, 6; Pat Williams, Minnesota, 1; Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh, 1; Tony Brown, Tennessee, 1; Cullen Jenkins, Green Bay, 1.
Elvis Dumervil, Denver, 46; DaMarcus Ware, Dallas, 37; Brian Cushing, Houston, 5; LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh, 4; James Harrison, Pittsburgh, 3; Lance Briggs, Chicago, 3; Anthony Spencer, Dallas, 1; Shaun Phillips, San Diego, 1.
Patrick Willis, San Francisco, 49; Ray Lewis, Baltimore, 13; David Harris, NY Jets, 10; Jon Beason, Carolina, 9; Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans, 7; DeMeco Ryans, Houston, 4; London Fletcher, Washington, 2; Curtis Lofton, Atlanta, 2; D.J. Williams, Denver, 1; Jerod Mayo, New England, 1; Gary Brackett, Indianapolis, 1.
Charles Woodson, Green Bay, 48; Darelle Revis, NY Jets, 48; Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland, 2; Leon Hall, Cincinnati, 1; Asante Samuel, Philadelphia, 1.
Darren Sharper, New Orleans, 46; Minnesota, Adrian Wilson, Arizona, 29; Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia, 10; Ed Reed, Baltimore, 4; Nick Collins, Green Bay, 4; Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, 3; Bernard Pollard, Houston, 1; Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis, 1; Brandon Meriweather, New England, 1; Tyvon Branch, Oakland, 1.
Shane Lechler, Oakland, 48; Donnie Jones, Rams, 1; Andy Lee, San Francisco, 1.
x-two voters selected only one running back.
y-one voter selected only one inside linebacker.