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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
AFC North linemen make all-decade team


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The AFC North has always been strong in the trenches, and that showed in ESPN.com's unveiling of the NFL's all-decade offensive team Tuesday.

Two players, both linemen, made the cut: Former Baltimore Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden and former Steelers guard Alan Faneca. Ogden is retired and Faneca spent most of his career in Pittsburgh before signing a lucrative free-agent contract with the New York Jets in 2008.

No skill players from the AFC North were selected, which is reflective of the style of football most successful in the division. Three defensive players -- linebacker Ray Lewis and safeties Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu -- also made the all-decade defensive team.

Overall, five players made ESPN.com's all-decade list, and all are current or former Ravens and Steelers. Fullback Lorenzo Neal also made the team, yet played just one season with Baltimore this decade in 2008.

Here is the complete all-decade offense:

QB: Tom Brady, New England
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
FB: Lorenzo Neal, Cincinnati/San Diego/Baltimore
WR: Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis
WR: Torry Holt, St. Louis
TE: Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City
T: Walter Jones, Seattle
T: Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore
G: Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh/N.Y. Jets
G: Steve Hutchinson, Seattle/Minnesota
C: Olin Kreutz, Chicago