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Friday, January 9, 2009
2008 All-NFC North team: Final version

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Position All-NFC North Player
WR Greg Jennings
WR Calvin Johnson
LT Bryant McKinnie
LG Steve Hutchinson
C Matt Birk
RG Roberto Garza
RT Mark Tauscher
TE Greg Olsen
QB Aaron Rodgers
RB Adrian Peterson
RB Matt Forte

DE Jared Allen
DT Pat Williams
DT Kevin Williams
DE Aaron Kampman
OLB Lance Briggs
MLB Brian Urlacher
OLB Chad Greenway
CB Antoine Winfield
CB Charles Woodson
S Nick Collins
S Mike Brown

PK Ryan Longwell
P Brad Maynard
KR Danieal Manning
PR Will Blackmon
Coverage Garrett Wolfe
That's for your help on compiling our first (and possibly last) All-NFC North team. I read through all 128 of your suggestions and used them to fill in the blanks from Thursday's post.

I like the idea of recognizing the best players in the division. But a pool of four teams doesn't necessarily guarantee a player worthy of recognition at every position. I'm not a big fan of picking the best of a mediocre (or worse) group. That was the case at several NFC North positions this season, including left tackle, right guard, middle linebacker and the second safety position.

Let's all endeavor to develop a more creative way to point out the best of the division in 2009. To start off the discussion, I'm working on a separate set of NFC North awards to publish early next week. Hang on to your hats.

A few notes on my final decisions: