The Associated Press released it’s 2011 NFL All-Pro roster today, and two Pittsburgh Steelers were on it.
Each year, the Associated Press votes on their annual NFL All Pro Team. The selections are made by a 50-member panel of NFL journalists. Unlike the Pro Bowl, the votes for the AP All-Pro team don’t factor in what conference the player plays in. So AFC and NFC players compete head-to-head to determine who is really the best at each position.
Being named to the All-Pro Team is perhaps the highest individual honor that an NFL player can receive. Being named to the AP All-Pro team essentially says that among all of the players who play a particular position, this player is the best.
This year’s team features Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey was already named to the Pro Bowl team, but by being named All-Pro means that the sportswriters believe that Pouncey was the best at his position in the entire NFL this year.
Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu was also named to the team. Like Pouncey, Polamalu had already been named to the Pro Bowl roster. Eric Weddle of the San Diego Chargers was named as the other Safety on this year’s All-Pro team.
Congratulations to Troy and Maurkice. Being named All-Pro is truly an honor. You both make Steeler Nation proud.