2009-2010 All-Pro Team and Season Awards

Andrew HeimContributor IApril 18, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints warms up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The 2009-2010 season is sure to be one of devastating injuries, comeback teams, emerging stars, and Super Bowl contenders. Although it will be hard to answer the surprises that last season brought us, we are all hoping for the best.

Besides, how many seasons have we seen two rookie quarterbacks lead their respective teams to the playoffs, or the teams that held the first and third overall picks make the playoffs, or a team with one of the worst offensive lines win the Super Bowl?

If there is one thing next season can bring us, it's star athletes performing to the very best of their abilities, rookies dominating their position from day one, and a player comeback from the dead and lead its team to victory.

So without further ado, I present you with the 2009-2010 All-Pro team:

All-Pro Team


Phillip Rivers: San Diego Chargers

Led the league in passing touchdowns last year. If his weapons can stay healthy this year, he will be primed for a huge season.

Other candidates: Drew Brees, Peyton Manning

Running Back

Deangelo Williams: Carolina Panthers

I'm a little sceptical about this one. He was an absolute monster the last six games of the season last year. I wanted to put Adrian Peterson here, but just couldn't.

Other candidates: Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, Brian Westbrook


Le'Ron McClain: Baltimore Ravens

Had 902 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in '08. Not bad for a fullback.

Other candidates: Greg Jones, Peyton Hillis

Wide Receiver

Andre Johnson: Houston Texans

The best receiver in the the NFL. Led the league in receptions and receiving yards last season; look for him to do the same this year.

Larry Fitzgerald: Arizona Cardinals

Had the best postseason for a wide receiver in NFL history. Look for him to build off that success.

Other candidates: Roy Williams, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White, Steve Smith

Tight End

Jason Witten: Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo and Witten have a tight relationship, and with T.O. gone Witten won't have anyone begging for the ball every play.

Other candidates: Tony Gonzalez, Chris Cooley

Offensive Tackle

Ryan Clady: Denver Broncos

Clady was an absolute stud pass protector last year, allowing only half a sack in 2008. He will improve his run-blocking and establish himself as one of the best tackles in the league.

Joe Thomas: Cleveland Browns

He has dominated since day one of his rookie season even though last season was a bit of a drop-off. 

Other candidates: Jason Peters, Jake Long

Offensive Guard

Harvey Dahl: Atlanta Falcons

Went from NFL Europe to becoming a key part of the No. 2 rushing attack in the league last year. Made Peter King's All-Pro team in 2008.

Steve Hutchinson: Minnesota Vikings

Has started 116 games in his eight years in the league out of a possible 128. The old veteran is a big part of Adrian Peterson's success. 

Other candidates: Logan Mankins, Kris Dielman, Shawn Andrews


Nick Mangold: New York Jets

Whether it's Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff, Mark Sanchez, or Josh Freeman, he will be loved by any quarterback that protects as good as he does. 

Other candidates: Andre Gurode, Shaun O'Hara

Defensive Ends

Julius Peppers: Carolina Panthers

It doesn't matter which team he ends up with, Peppers will still produce at least 15 sacks.

Justin Tuck: New York Giants

Some pressure will be taken off Tuck with the return of Osi Umenyiora. They will create the most feared group of defensive ends.

Other candidates: Mario Williams, Jared Allen

Defensive Tackle

John Henderson: Jacksonville Jaguars

For the Jaguars to have any success on defense next season they will need Henderson to play huge. Look for him to answer the call.

Shaun Rogers: Cleveland Browns

Many experts think he doesn't play to his full potential but his production has increased the past two seasons. 

Other candidates: Albert Haynseworth, Kris Jenkins, Marcus Stroud

Middle Linebacker

DeMeco Ryans: Houston Texans

Has started every game in his young three-year career, and even though his production has dropped each season he will get back to his rookie form. 

Other Candidates: Patrick Willis, Lofa Tatupu

Outside Linebacker

Demarcus Ware: Dallas Cowboys

Has a contract year coming up soon and he will prove that he deserves to be the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.

Terrell Suggs: Baltimore Ravens

With Bart Scott in a Jets uniform and an aging Ray Lewis Suggs will have to step up this season.

Other candidates: Keith Bulluck, Chad Greenway, James Harrison


Nnamdi Asomugha: Oakland Raiders

Has consistently played well for a very bad team his whole career. He shows week in and week out that he is the No. 1 corner in the league.

Antoine Winfield: Minnesota Vikings

Made his first Pro Bowl last year after deserving many more before that. Now that people know who he is, he will get more recognition.

Other candidates: Terrence Newman, Darrelle Revis

Strong Safety

Adrian Wilson: Arizona Cardinals

Wilson is an aging veteran but still has plenty left in the tank. Playing alongside Antrel Rolle, he may make up one half of the best safety tandem in the NFL.

Other candidates: Kerry Rhodes, LaRon Landry, Donte Whitner

Free Safety

Ed Reed: Baltimore Ravens

By far the best safety in the league last year. With some pieces of that Baltimore defense starting to disperse, Ed Reed will rise to the occasion and make that defense one of the league's best.

Other candidates: Reggie Nelson, Erik Coleman, Michael Griffin


Mason Crosby: Green Bay Packers

I don't see a whole lot of touchdowns being scored by this Green Bay offense. That might change if they draft Chris Wells, but for now field goals are what will keep them in games.

Other candidates: Rob Bironas, Stephen Gostowski


Dustin Colquitt: Kansas City Chiefs

Colquitt has always been a consistent punter and now that he's going into his prime people will start to recognize his name.

Other candidates: Michael Koenon, Pat McBriar

Most Valuable Player

Drew Brees: New Orleans Saints

He has single-handedly carried this team the past two years. If Marques Colston can stay healthy he'll have bigger numbers than last year.

Defensive Player of the Year

DeMarcus Ware: Dallas Cowboy

Had 20 sacks last year and wants to get paid like Albert Haynseworth. Don't be surprised if he breaks Michael Strahan's record of 22-and-a-half.

Rookie of the Year

Offense: Knowshawn Moreno

In my opinion the best running back in this class. I don't see any rookie quarterback sensations this season.

Defense: Aaron Curry

The most NFL ready player in the draft. No matter which team he goes to, he steps right in and starts from day one.

Comeback Player of the Year

Tom Brady: New England Patriots

There was a great list of players for this award, including Shawn Merriman and Osi Umenyiora, but there is no way you can't pick Tom Brady for this award.


Super Bowl Champions

Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning improves his Hall of Fame resume by adding another Super Bowl ring to his fingers. It will not be easy with Tony Dungy gone, though.


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