Patriots claim more all-decade honors

September, 25, 2009
9/25/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


Sporting News has revealed its all-decade lists for the four major leagues, NASCAR and college football and basketball.

The AFC East is well-represented.

The New England Patriots were named the best NFL team. Bill Belichick was voted best coach, and former Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli was selected best executive.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning beat out Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for player of the decade.

Patriots fans will wince at the thought of Super Bowl XLII being named the game of the decade. The New York Giants spoiled perfection with a monumental upset.

Sporting News' all-decade team features with seven AFC East connections: receiver Randy Moss, guard Alan Faneca, fullback Lorenzo Neal, defensive end Jason Taylor, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, linebacker Joey Porter and kicker Adam Vinatieri.

The all-decade college team also has some AFC East flavor: tackle Jake Long, linebacker Paul Posluszny, cornerback Lito Sheppard and kick returner Ted Ginn.

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