CB Richard Sherman, S Earl Thomas, C Max Unger, and RB Marshawn Lynch were all named to the AP NFL All-Pro First Team. The All-Pro Team is certainly more prestigous than the Pro Bowl, so it's great to see four Seahawks represented as the best players in the NFL at their position. Sherman, in particular, gets the last laugh, after being snubbed from the Pro Bowl roster (he's an alternate).
Being named All-Pro while not even making the Pro Bowl roster is moderately rare; San Francisco's NaVorro Bowman found himself in this position last year; and in talking to Windy City Gridiron editor Dane Noble about this, if you go further back with the Chicago Bears, he threw out the following examples, for you NFL historians: Chris Harris 2nd team all pro in 2010, Mike Brown 1st team all pro in 2001, Richard Dent 2nd team all pro 1988, Steve McMichael 1st team all pro 1985, Devin Hester 2nd team all pro 2011, Wally Chambers 2nd team all pro 1974, Mike Ditka 2nd team all pro 1966, Bill George 1st team all pro 1963. Johnny Morris 1st team all pro 1964, Sid Luckman 1st team all pro 1943, 1944, 1947; none of the mentioned made a Pro Bowl roster. Sander Philipse of BucsNation notes that this happened with Ronde Barber in '02 (second-team All-Pro), Simeon Rice in '96, & Lee Roy Selmon in '78 (second team All-Pro).
Sherman reacted well to the Pro Bowl snub, saying several weeks ago that, "It don't mean nothing, I bet you I'll be on the first-team All-Pro. That means more to me." Sherman was the leading vote getter at cornerback. So, he was right.
As for the other Seahawks, it's great to see Max Unger recognized the best center in the game, and also makes John Schneider and Pete Carroll look that much smarter for inking him to a long-term deal over this past offseason. Earl Thomas was the leading vote getter at safety, and I think we'll start to see Earl become more of a household name nationally over the next couple of years. Earl's just getting started, as far as I'm concerned. Marshawn Lynch finished a distant 2nd to Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (unanimous selection), but it's great to see Lynch honored as the 2nd best back in the NFL.
OT Russell Okung and KR Leon Washington were not named to the All-Pro team but are starters in the Pro Bowl.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE:
Quarterback - Peyton Manning, Denver.
Running Backs - Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle.
Fullback - Vonta Leach, Baltimore.
Tight End - Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta.
Wide Receivers - Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Brandon Marshall, Chicago.
Tackles - Duane Brown, Houston; Ryan Clady, Denver.
Guards - Mike Iupati, San Francisco; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.
Center - Max Unger, Seattle.
Placekicker - Blair Walsh, Minnesota.
Kick Returner - Jacoby Jones, Baltimore.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Ends - J.J. Watt, Houston; Cameron Wake, Miami.
Tackles - Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Vince Wilfork, New England.
Outside Linebackers - Von Miller, Denver; Aldon Smith, San Francisco.
Inside Linebackers - Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco.
Cornerbacks - Richard Sherman, Seattle; Charles Tillman, Chicago.
Safeties - Earl Thomas, Seattle; Dashon Goldson, San Francisco.
Punter - Andy Lee, San Francisco
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay.
Running Backs - Alfred Morris, Washington; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City.
Fullback - Jerome Felton, Minnesota.
Tight End - Jason Witten, Dallas.
Wide Receivers - A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Andre Johnson, Houston.
Tackles - Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Joe Staley, San Francisco.
Guards - Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Logan Mankins, New England.
Center - Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.
Placekicker - Phil Dawson, Cleveland.
Kick Returner - David Wilson, New York Giants
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Ends - Justin Smith, San Francisco; Julius Peppers, Chicago.
Tackles - Justin Smith, San Francisco; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, and Haloti Ngata, Baltimore.
Outside Linebackers - Chad Greenway, Minnesota; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco, Clay Matthews, Green Bay, and DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.
Inside Linebackers - Daryl Washington, Arizona; London Fletcher, Washington.
Cornerbacks - Champ Bailey, Denver; Tim Jennings, Chicago.
Safeties - Eric Weddle, San Diego; Jairus Byrd, Buffalo.
Punter - Thomas Morstead, New Orleans.