2009 NFL All-Pro Team, Awards
I think we could argue about this for a while -- particularly at outside linebacker, wide receiver and the offensive line -- but below is the All-Pro team I submitted to the Associated Press this morning.
I am one of 50 voters for the team, and I differ in only one way from what the AP wants. I don't choose an extra running back. I believe if there are two wide receivers, there should be one running back. Now, on defense, because some teams play a 3-4 and others a 4-3, I can see naming four defensive linemen and four linebackers, which I do.
One other note: When important, I name players to their directional positions. Left tackle, right guard, for instance. But on defense, I don't usually do that because of how commonplace it is for, say, outside linebackers to move from one side to another in a given game. (The asterisked honors mean they're not a part of the voting, just my attempt to give credit where it's due.) Here goes: