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Make sure you check out the second installment of ESPN.com's all-decade team here. Tuesday's post revolves around the offensive team, which includes two NFC North representatives.
(Hey, it's progress. The Black and Blue eked out only one spot on Monday's defensive team.)
Minnesota guard Steve Hutchinson and Chicago center Olin Kreutz are both deserving members of the offensive team.
Hutchinson has been widely considered the best guard in the game since Seattle drafted him in 2001, and has been to six Pro Bowls. Kreutz, meanwhile, beat out Kevin Mawae and Matt Birk for the honor because more personnel evaluators mentioned him in interviews than his primary competitors. ("You look at a guy like Kreutz and you really appreciate his consistency," San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said. "He is an all-decade-type player.")
This team is notable as much for who is missing than who is on it. Receiver Randy Moss, who played seven years in Minnesota, did not make the cut. Neither did left tackle Orlando Pace, who signed with Chicago in the offseason.
In case you're keeping track, and I know you are, here are the NFC North team representatives thus far on the ESPN.com all-decade team:
Chicago: Linebacker Brian Urlacher, center Olin Kreutz
Green Bay: None
Minnesota: Guard Steve Hutchinson
Special teams will come Wednesday courtesy yours truly. Tune in then.