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.
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