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The San Francisco 49ers landed five players on the first and second teams of the coveted Associated Press All-Pro list.
The number was tied for the most in the NFL with Kansas City and Cleveland. However, only inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman was named first-team All-Pro for San Francisco.
It was no surprise Bowman was named to the first team. He was dominant all season and is a NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate. The 49ers named to the second team were defensive tackle Justin Smith, linebacker Ahmad Brooks, tackle Joe Staley and tight end Vernon Davis.
Meanwhile, the 49ers announced their own annual awards. Here is the release from the team:
Len Eshmont Award: LB NaVorro Bowman
The Len Eshmont Award is voted on by the players and is given to the 49er who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team. Eshmont, who coached at Navy and Virginia following his career in San Francisco, died in 1957. The award was established that year.
Bill Walsh Award: WR Anquan Boldin
The Bill Walsh Award was established in 2004 in honor of San Francisco's Hall of Fame head coach. Walsh served as the team's head coach for 10 seasons from 1979-88. In that time, he compiled a record of 102-63-1 and led the team to three Super Bowls. He was twice named Coach of the Year (1981, 1984) and was later named Coach of the Decade for the 1980s. The award, which is voted on by coaches, is given to the 49ers team MVP, honoring his outstanding individual performance.
Bobb McKittrick Award: G/T Alex Boone
The Bobb McKittrick Award is given annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the longtime offensive line coach, during his 21 years of service to the 49ers. The award was established by the 49ers in 1999, and is voted on by the offensive line.
Hazeltine Iron Man Award: DT Justin Smith
The Hazeltine Iron Man Award is named for former linebacker Matt Hazeltine, a 13-year performer who played more seasons at linebacker than any other 49ers player. Known for his durability and dedication, Hazeltine passed away in 1987 from ALS, and Bill Walsh established the award in his honor that year. The award is given annually to the most courageous and inspirational defensive player as voted upon by the defensive coaches.
Thomas Herrion Memorial Award: S Eric Reid
Thomas Herrion Memorial Award was established in 2005 by 49ers owners Denise and John York and is presented to a rookie or first-year player who best represents the dream of Thomas Herrion. The recipient has taken advantage of every opportunity, turned it into a positive situation and made their dream turn into a reality. The award is voted on by the coaches.
Blue Collar Players of the Year: As voted on by the players and coaches:
Defense: Glenn Dorsey
Offense: Frank Gore
Special teams: Bubba Ventrone