2015 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Teams Announced

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2015 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Teams Announced
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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 Team Position Second Team
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers Quarterback Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings Running Back Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Running Back Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers Fullback Pat DiMarco, Atlanta Falcons
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots Tight End Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns Offensive Tackle Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Tackle Trent Williams, Washington Redskins
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens Guard Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers
David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers Guard Mike Iupati, Arizona Cardinals
Guard Zach Martin, Dallas Cowboys
Ryan Kalil, Carolina Panthers Center Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
Stephen Gostkowski, Kicker Kicker Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks Kick Returner Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans Defensive End Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets
Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders Defensive End Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions
Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams Defensive Tackle Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers
Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Tackle Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
Von Miller, Denver Broncos Outside Linebacker Jamie Collins, New England Patriots
Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders Outside Linebacker
Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers Outside Linebacker
Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers Inside Linebacker Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers Inside Linebacker Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers Cornerback Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals Cornerback Chris Harris Jr, Denver Broncos
Cornerback Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs
Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals Safety Reggie Nelson, Cincinnati Bengals
Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs Safety Charles Woodson, Oakland Raiders
Johnny Hekker, St. Louis Rams Punter Sam 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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