Andre Johnson, Tony Gonzalez Highlight 2008 All-NFL Offensive Team
Now that the regular season of the 2008 NFL season has concluded, it is time to select and recognize the players who have performed at the game's highest level this season. Therefore, I will now announce my selections for the 2008 All- NFL offense:
For the purposes of this article, I will select a team to fill out a basic I-Formation offense.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning
Despite starting off the season weak due to some offseason surgeries, Peyton Manning came back stronger than ever in the second half of the season. His heroics this season earned him this year's MVP award, and he is undoubtedly the best quarterback in the NFL at this current time.
Passing TDs: 27
Passing Yards: 4,002
Passer Rating: 95.0
Running Back: Adrian Peterson
The term "Sophomore Slump" certainly didn't apply to Adrian Peterson this year. Adrian led the league in rushing in his second season as a pro and practically carried his team to the playoffs.
Rushing Yards 1,760
Rushing TD: 10
Rushing Average: 4.8
Fullback: Le'ron McClain
This pick is somewhat controversial, in that the Baltimore Ravens frequently utilized Le'ron in a role that is outside of the norm for an NFL fullback. However, Le'ron handled both his blocking and rushing responsibilities admirably, and for that reason I believe that Le'ron was the best fullback this year in football.
Rushing Yards: 902
Rushing TDs: 10
Rushing Average: 3.9
Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson
Despite playing for a below average team, Andre Johnson absolutely dominated throughout the 2008 NFL season. He led the NFL in receiving and is truly developing into an elite NFL player.
Receiving Yards: 1,575
Receiving TDs: 8
Wide Receiver: Larry Fitzgerald
This year, the Arizona Cardinals made the playoffs for the 1st time in a long time, and Larry was a large part of the reason why. Larry is a monster near the endzone, and is good going up over defenders for the ball as any receiver in the game today.
Receiving Yards: 1,431
Tight End: Tony Gonzalez
He may be getting up there in years, but his work ethic and ability are still holding strong. This season, Tony out-performed the likes of Antonio Gates and Jason Witten to reclaim his title as the best tight end in football.
Receiving Yards: 1,058
Receiving TDs: 10
Offensive Tackle: Ryan Clady
Despite only being a rookie, Ryan Clady was the best left tackle in the NFL this year. Throughout the length of the season, he only allowed half of a sack, while at the same time greatly contributing to the Broncos running game.
If this season is a foreshadow of what is to come for Ryan Clady, we are all looking at a future Hall of Famer.
Offensive Guard: Steve Hutchinson
The captain of the Minnesota Vikings continued his dominance on the gridiron in 2008, as his prolific blocking not only paved the way for the NFL's leading rusher, but his excellence in pass protection also helped the Vikings make the playoffs despite bouncing back and forth between two quarterbacks.
Center: Kevin Mawae
In 2008, the Tennessee Titans were one of the elite teams in the league, despite not having any recognizable MVP type player on the offensive side of the ball. This is because the team's offense was led, not by the quarterback, but rather by the team's veteran presence at Center.
Kevin, who is a captain of the Tennessee Titans, put forth an outstanding season for his team, and he would undoubtedly be an MVP candidate if offensive linemen were given more recognition in modern football.
Offensive Guard: Chris Snee
This season, the New York Giants put forth one of the greatest rushing attacks in the history of football. Regardless of who was running the ball, the Giants seemed to run over any defense in sight. Chris Snee's vicious run blocking is very much responsible for this.
Offensive Tackle: Joe Thomas
Although his performance this year has gone largely under the radar, in large part due to the poor performance of his team, Joe Thomas is one of the best left tackles in the game today.
He has the ability to shut down any pass rusher in the game, and the work ethic to make sure he makes the best of his ability every game of the year. When he's in his zone, he may be the best player in the NFL.