For the first time since the 2005 Super Bowl season, the Seattle Seahawks had four players named to the Associated Press All-Pro team, which was announced this morning.
Running back Marshawn Lynch, center Max Unger, safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman were all named to this year’s Associated Press All-Pro team.
The honor was the first for all four players, and sweet redemption for Sherman – the only one of the quartet not voted to this year’s Pro Bowl. San Francisco had the most players on the team with six, and Seattle was next with four.
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Lynch finished with a career-high 1,590 rushing yards during the regular season, No. 3 in the NFL. The Cal product also topped 100 yards 11 times this season, and finished with 11 rushing touchdowns.
Unger anchored a Seattle offensive line that ranked No. 3 in the league in rushing, with the Seahawks averaging 162 yards a contest.
Earl Thomas has emerged as one of the best safeties in the game in his third season as a pro, finishing with three interceptions, 66 tackles and nine passes deflections. Thomas also returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown against Buffalo.
And Sherman followed an impressive rookie season by putting together one of the best seasons ever by a Seattle cornerback in team history, finishing tied for second in the NFL with eight interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Sherman also returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a score, and totaled a league-leading 32 pass deflections.
Sherman finished with four interceptions and 55 tackles in 10 starts his rookie season.
“I just play hard, and I play disciplined football,” Sherman said about his impressive year. “That’s what you’re going to get every time I step out on the field. I tried to do it from beginning to end last year – from when I started to when the season ended.
“I tried to do it from start to finish this year, with the season still continuing. I think that’s just how I play. That’s what I want to be known for – the consistency in which I play with.”
The last time Seattle had this many players earn a spot on the All-Pro team was 2005, when running back Shaun Alexander, offensive tackle Walter Jones, offensive guard Steve Hutchinson and fullback Mack Strong all were voted to the team.
Seahawks All-Time AP All-Pro list