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Foster, Leach, Wayne are All-Pros

1/24/2011

The Associated Press All-Pro Teams are out, and the backfield of the 6-10 Houston Texans fared quite well.

Arian Foster is a first team running back with Jamaal Charles, while the fullback in Vonta Leach.

It is a big day for blocking fullbacks. The Texans campaigned hard for Leach for the Pro Bowl and he won the spot. For too long, fullbacks who posted stats and were really more running backs got the trip to Hawaii and the coveted All-Pro slot. Leach gets the honor for doing what a fullback really does -- paving the way for his running back.

The other AFC South first-team selection is Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who ended the season upset about being invisible with one catch for 1 yard in the playoff loss to the Jets. He’s paired with Atlanta’s Roddy White, ahead of second teamers Brandon Lloyd of Denver, Calvin Johnson of Detroit and Dwayne Bowe of Kansas City. (There were three because of a tie.)

Tom Brady was unanimous as the All-Pro quarterback, which meant there were no other votes to account for a second team slot, which was vacant.

The opposite happened at safety, where Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed made the first team, and Nick Collins of Green Bay was next as the top second-teamer. Eight players tied for the second slot on the second team. Michael Griffin of Tennessee is there, along Antrel Rolle (New York Giants), Eric Weddle (San Diego), Malcolm Jenkins (New Orleans), Quintin Mikell (Philadelphia), Chris Harris (Chicago), Michael Huff (Oakland) and Darren Sharper (New Orleans).

I thought Griffin was excellent early and dropped off. The total body of work wouldn’t have gotten my vote for All Pro. It didn’t even get him onto my All AFC-South Team, and I am surprised Antoine Bethea didn't rank ahead of him here.

You can find the All-Pro teams here.