Antonio Brown might not win the MVP race, but the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was the only player voted as a unanimous selection to The Associated Press NFL All Pro Team 2017.
Brown, who led the NFL with 1,533 receiving yards despite missing the final two games of the season, received 50 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the NFL. Brown was one of four repeat All Pro selections from 2016, joining defensive lineman Aaron Donald (49 votes), punter Johnny Hekker, and linebacker Bobby Wagner.
The upstart Los Angeles Rams led the All Pro team with six selections: Donald, Hekker, running back Todd Gurley, left tackle Andrew Whitworth, kicker Greg Zuerlein and kick returner Pharoh Cooper.
“Dang, that’s crazy. It means a lot, honestly,” Gurley told the Associated Press of his selection. “It’s a blessing. I’ve got so much respect for everybody in this league, and to be in this position just means so much to me.”
Three Steelers joined Brown as first-team All Pro selections: Le’Veon Bell (as a flex), defensive lineman Cameron Heyward and right guard David DeCastro.
Tom Brady made his third All Pro team, while Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski earned his fourth first-team selection (the award triggering a $2.5 million incentive in Gronk’s contract, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport).
After being snubbed by Pro Bowl voters, Vikings’ Harrison Smith was selected as a first-team All Pro safety. Harrison was joined by teammate Xavier Rhodes. Receiver Adam Thielen and pass rusher Everson Griffen made the second-team from Mike Zimmer’s squad
Among the notable absences on the All Pro list is New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram. Rapoport reported that Ingram missing the list means a clause in his contract that would have made him a free agent will not be triggered. Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara was a second-team All Pro selection at the flex position.
The full NFL All Pro Team 2017:
- Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England
- Running Back: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
- Flex: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
- Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, New England
- Left Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams
- Right Tackle: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia
- Left Guard: Andrew Norwell, Carolina
- Right Guard: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
- Center: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia
- Edge Rushers: Calais Campbell, Jacksonville; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans
- Interior Linemen: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh
- Linebackers: Chandler Jones, Arizona; Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Bobby Wagner, Seattle
- Cornerbacks: Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville; Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota
- Safeties: Kevin Byard, Tennessee; Harrison Smith, Minnesota
- Defensive Back: Darius Slay, Detroit
- Placekicker: Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
- Punter: Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams
- Kick Returner: Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams
- Punt Returner: Jamal Agnew, Detroit
- Special Teamer: Budda Baker, Arizona
- Quarterback: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia
- Running Back: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
- Flex: Alvin Kamara, New Orleans
- Wide Receivers: Julio Jones, Atlanta; Adam Thielen, Minnesota
- Left Tackle: David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
- Right Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City, and Daryl Williams, Carolina
- Left Guard: Rodger Saffold, Los Angeles Rams
- Right Guard: Zack Martin, Dallas
- Center: Alex Mack, Atlanta
- Edge Rushers: Everson Griffen, Minnesota; Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas
- Interior Linemen: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville
- Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore; Telvin Smith, Jacksonville
- Cornerbacks: Casey Hayward, Los Angles Chargers; A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville
- Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Micah Hyde, Buffalo
- Defensive Back: Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota
- Place kicker: Brett Kern, Tennessee
- Kick Returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle
- Punt Returner: Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams
- Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, New England