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Peter King's: 2008 All-Pro Team

Jan. 12, 2009
Jan. 12, 2009

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Peter King's: 2008 All-Pro Team

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OFFENSE
WRAndre Johnson, TexansPhysically imposing, and not a diva
WRWes Welker, Patriots112 catches last year, 111 this year
LTMichael Roos, TitansKept immobile QB's blindside clear
LGSteve Hutchinson, VikingsSeattle still aches from his defection
CShaun O'Hara, GiantsNFL champs' best investment in '08
RGHarvey Dahl, FalconsFrom NFL Europe to a team leader
RTRyan Harris, Broncos2.5 sacks allowed in 684 dropbacks
TEDallas Clark, ColtsManning's security blanket
QBDrew Brees, Saints5,069 passing yards kept Saints alive
RBAdrian Peterson, VikingsBest speed-power back since Payton
FBMadison Hedgecock, GiantsSeems to carry an anvil in his pads
DEFENSE
DEJohn Abraham, FalconsMost feared speed-rusher in NFL
DTAlbert Haynesworth, TitansDestined to be first $10 mil-a-year DT
DTFred Robbins, GiantsRun-stuffer with great quickness
DE/LBTerrell Suggs, RavensPremier cover man and pass rusher
OLBDeMarcus Ware, CowboysHis 20 sacks in '08 were no fluke
MLBStewart Bradley, EaglesBrain center of NFL's No. 3 defense
ILBRay Lewis, RavensAnd we thought he was in decline
OLBJames Harrison, SteelersMost disruptive front-seven player
CBNnamdi Asomugha, RaidersBecame league's best CB this year
CBCortland Finnegan, TitansA chippy player, like Hines Ward
FSEd Reed, RavensEight picks in season's last six weeks
SSTroy Polamalu, SteelersDefensive QB attacks like a missile
SPECIAL TEAMS
KStephen Gostkowski, PatsLeague-best 36 FGs (out of 40)
PShane Lechler, RaidersTwo punts per game inside the 20
KRJosh Cribbs, BrownsMore dangerous than Devin Hester
PRJohnnie Lee Higgins, RaidersTD returns of 93, 89 and 80 yards
PLMontell Owens, JaguarsExplosive hitter, shifty runner
AWARDS
MVPPeyton Manning, ColtsHeroic after two knee surgeries
Off. PlayerAdrian Peterson, VikingsToughest to tackle
Def. PlayerDeMarcus Ware, CowboysDominated games
Off. RookieMatt Ryan, FalconsAdapted quickly to pro game
Def. RookieJerod Mayo, PatriotsTeam's leading tackler by far
ComebackJoey Porter, Dolphins17.5 sacks (after 5.5 in '07)
CoachMike Smith, FalconsRevived a downtrodden team
CoordinatorDick LeBeau, SteelersAt 71, had his finest year
G.M.Thomas Dimitroff, FalconsBuilt a playoff team in no time
PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (BREES)BREESPHOTOCHRIS GARDNER/AP (POLAMALU)POLAMALUPHOTOICON SMI (GOSTKOWSKI)GOSTKOWSKI