Peyton Manning is only unanimous All-Pro choice, makes 7th team

By: Associated Press
January 3, 2014 Updated: January 3, 2014 at 10:59 am
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photo - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) stands on the sideline with wide receiver Wes Welker during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) stands on the sideline with wide receiver Wes Welker during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 

NEW YORK — Peyton Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. It was his seventh time as a first-teamer, tying Hall of Famer Otto Graham for the most by a quarterback.

The Denver star set NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 yards through the air.

He was chosen on all 50 ballots from media members who regularly cover the NFL. Manning also was an All-Pro in 2003, '04, '05, '08, '09 and last season.

New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and Indianapolis outside linebacker Robert Mathis each drew 49 votes. Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had 48.

Minnesota kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson was the only rookie on the squad.

Eighteen NFC players and nine from the AFC made the team. Philadelphia and Carolina each had three: NFL rushing leader McCoy, guard Evan Mathis and tackle Jason Peters for the Eagles; linebacker Luke Kuechly, center Ryan Kalil and fullback Mike Tolbert for the Panthers.

Manning and Graham do not hold the mark for most All-Pro appearances. Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, for example, was a 10-time All-Pro.

Only two members of the top teams in each conference made the All-Pro team. Joining Manning from the Broncos (13-3) was guard Louis Vasquez. Joining Sherman from the Seahawks (13-3) was safety Earl Thomas.

Rounding out the offense were receivers Calvin Johnson of Detroit and Josh Gordon of Cleveland; running back Jamaal Charles of Kansas City; and tackle Joe Thomas of Cleveland.

Other All-Pros on defense were ends J.J. Watt of Houston and Robert Quinn of St. Louis; tackles Gerald McCoy of Tampa Bay and Ndamukong Suh of Detroit; outside linebacker Lavonte David of Tampa Bay; inside LB NaVorro Bowman of San Francisco; cornerback Patrick Peterson of Arizona; and safety Eric Berry of Kansas City.

The special teamers were Patterson, kicker Justin Tucker of Baltimore and punter Johnny Hekker of St. Louis.

Oddly, 12 of the 27 players chosen did not make the playoffs this season.


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