Friday, January 6, 2012
Strong AFC North showing on All-Pro Team
By Jamison Hensley
The AFC North was well represented on the Associated Press' All-Pro Team, with six players on the first team, which ties the NFC West for the most.
It should be noted that the AFC North had all of its players come from either offense or defense. The NFC West placed three on special teams.
The All-Pro Team is formed by votes from 50 media members.
On offense, the Ravens' Vonta Leach was the runaway winner at fullback, receiving 42 votes. Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas had the second-most votes at his position (which gets two on the first team) with 19. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey narrowly beat out Carolina's Ryan Kalil, 13-11.
On defense, the Ravens' Terrell Suggs was a near unanimous selection with 47 votes. The Ravens' Haloti Ngata was the highest vote-getter at defensive tackle with 38. The Steelers' Troy Polamalu led all safeties with 29, which was 12 more than second-team safety Ed Reed.
Here are the AFC North representatives on each unit:
Fullback: Vonta Leach, Baltimore
Tackle: Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Center: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Tackle: Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
Outside linebackers: Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
Safety: Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
Running back: Ray Rice, Baltimore
Guard: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
Tackle: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
Safety: Ed Reed, Baltimore