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2015 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Teams Announced

Oakland Raiders defensive end (52) Khalil Mack on the field during a game against the Green Bay Packers played at O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/John Cordes)
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Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2016

The Associated Press recognized the best of the NFL's best, releasing its All-Pro selections on Friday afternoon. 

Here are the AP's selections:

2015 AP All-Pro Team
First TeamPositionSecond Team
Cam Newton, Carolina PanthersQuarterbackCarson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota VikingsRunning BackTodd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay BuccaneersRunning BackDevonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
Mike Tolbert, Carolina PanthersFullbackPat DiMarco, Atlanta Falcons
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh SteelersWide ReceiverBrandon Marshall, New York Jets
Julio Jones, Atlanta FalconsWide ReceiverDeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Wide ReceiverOdell Beckham Jr, New York Giants
Rob Gronkowski, New England PatriotsTight EndGreg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Joe Thomas, Cleveland BrownsOffensive TackleTyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati BengalsOffensive TackleTrent Williams, Washington Redskins
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore RavensGuardJosh Sitton, Green Bay Packers
David DeCastro, Pittsburgh SteelersGuardMike Iupati, Arizona Cardinals
GuardZach Martin, Dallas Cowboys
Ryan Kalil, Carolina PanthersCenterTravis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
Stephen Gostkowski, KickerKickerDan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
Tyler Lockett, Seattle SeahawksKick ReturnerCordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
J.J. Watt, Houston TexansDefensive EndMuhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets
Khalil Mack, Oakland RaidersDefensive EndEzekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions
Aaron Donald, St. Louis RamsDefensive TackleKawann Short, Carolina Panthers
Geno Atkins, Cincinnati BengalsDefensive TackleFletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
Von Miller, Denver BroncosOutside LinebackerJamie Collins, New England Patriots
Khalil Mack, Oakland RaidersOutside Linebacker
Thomas Davis, Carolina PanthersOutside Linebacker
Luke Kuechly, Carolina PanthersInside LinebackerBobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ersInside LinebackerDerrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Norman, Carolina PanthersCornerbackRichard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Patrick Peterson, Arizona CardinalsCornerbackChris Harris Jr, Denver Broncos
CornerbackMarcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs
Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona CardinalsSafetyReggie Nelson, Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Berry, Kansas City ChiefsSafetyCharles Woodson, Oakland Raiders
Johnny Hekker, St. Louis RamsPunterSam Koch, Baltimore Ravens
Associated Press

Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders made history this season, becoming the first player ever to receive All-Pro honors at two different positions in the same year, according to Barry Wilner of the AP.  

Mack, who excelled at defensive end and outside linebacker, recorded 77 tackles along with 15.0 sacks in just his second season in the NFL.

"I do whatever I can to help the team win. I'm a team guy," Mack told Wilner. "Whether it's dropping in coverage or rushing the passer. I can do either. I think they (voters) saw that."

He joins the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt, one of the most dominant defensive forces the game has ever seen. Watt led the league with 17.5 sacks and was a unanimous decision, per Wilner, receiving 50 votes. He was a unanimous decision last year, as well. 

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was also a unanimous decision, leading the league with 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns. It's quite a comeback after missing all but one game of the 2014 season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list and suspended.

The Carolina Panthers have the most All-Pros with six. It's well deserved for a unit that put up a 15-1 record this season.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly, along with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, received 49 of 50 votes. His teammate, quarterback Cam Newton, was thrilled to be on the team with Kuechly.

"That's big, man," Newton said, per Wilner. "I'm just trying to be like Luke Kuechly man, that's it - Captain America, man. He sets the tone."

Of the 27 players given All-Pro honors, 15 were from the NFC and 12 from the AFC, per Wilner. 

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