AP NFL All-Pro Team The Unrivaled, Longest-Running Honor Roll of Football's Top Players


Since 1940, The Associated Press has worked with the nation's top pro football journalists to name the premiere players for each NFL season. This annual tradition extends longer than other honorary lists of pro football players by more than 40 years.

• AP All-Pro Honors shelf life and significance

o Mentions in proceeding NFL broadcasts and other media – playoffs, Pro-Bowl, free-agency period, fantasy & season kickoff preview.


Behind each AP All-Pro Team is a select panel of the nation's 50 most-respected pro football broadcasters and beat writers. All panelists are chosen and vetted by AP Sports editors and submit their top player picks at the end of each regular season. Those ballots are then tallied by AP with the top vote-getters earning first-team honors and so on.

No other all-pro list is determined by a panel that represents such diverse sports media and journalists, providing the most complete and expert perspective.

No other all-pro list has been doing it this way for generations, providing a historical perspective like none other.

Sammy Baugh, who played both offense and defense for the Washington Redskins and shown intercepting a pass on the left, was a first-team halfback on the first-ever AP All-Pro Team in 1940. Ezekial Elliott, shown on the right rushing for one of his 15 rookie-season touchdowns in 2016, was the first-team running back on last year's AP All-Pro Team. (AP Photos)


Announced on the eve of NFL Playoffs each year, the AP All-Pro Team selections are the most widely recognized and publicized in the sport across all social, broadcast and print media.

AP All-Pro honors enjoy a long shelf life in the media, with repeated mentions in future broadcasts, columns and stories, sometimes for decades after they were first awarded.


The AP All-Pro team is a big draw on AP's pro football digital news experience, which also is used as a white-label solution for NFL coverage by hundreds of popular websites in key markets like DenverPost.com, the Houston Chronicle's Chron.com, Post-Gazette.com in Pittsburgh, and Jacksonville.com. Last year, the site and its widgets recorded nearly 350 million page views and is on pace to more than double that in 2017.

The Associated Press also is the exclusive license holder for NFL photos, making it the definitive source for all pro football imagery. AP photographers have captured the core of the NFL's history including every Super Bowl since the first in 1967. The AP Images archives include defining, exclusive and powerful images documenting the entire NFL experience, the games, the players, the fans and events such as the NFL Draft and training camps.

In just nine seasons, Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown, pictured in this undated AP photo, led the NFL in rushing eight times and also was an AP All-Pro eight times, in 1957 to 1961 and 1963 to 1965.

In this Jan. 13, 1969, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath talks with reporters as he rests on a training table in the teams dressing room the morning after the Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III in Miami. He was a first-team AP All-Pro quarterback that season.

Miami Dolphins' Larry Csonka drives between Minnesota Vikings' Jeff Siemon (50) and Paul Krause for one of his two touchdowns in Super Bowl VIII in Houston on Jan. 13, 1974. Csonka was named MVP as Miami defeated the Vikings 24-7, becoming the first team since the Green Bay Packers to win consecutive Super Bowls. Csonka was named to the AP All-Pro that season for the second time in three years.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (12) turns around to hand the ball off to running back Franco Harris (32) during Super Bowl XIII against the Dallas Cowboys in Miami on Jan. 29, 1979. Bradshaw, voted the game's most valuable player, completed 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards. He was a first-team AP All-Pro quarterback that season.

Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is carried off the field by Steve McMichael, left, and William Perry after the Bears defeated the New England Patriots 46-10 in NFL football's Super Bowl XX in New Orleans on Jan. 26, 1986. McMichael, a defensive tackle, earned AP All-Pro honors that season and again in 1987.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice is chased by San Diego Chargers' Darren Carrington (29) and Stanley Richard (24) on his way to a touchdown during NFL football's Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami on Jan. 29, 1995. Rice established career records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns in a Super Bowl. San Francisco won 49-26. He holds the record for the most AP All-Pro appearances with Jim Otto at 10.

Reggie White (92) earned the most AP All-Pro honors of any player who has managed to do it with more than one team. White made the All-Pro team six straight years, 1985 to 1991, with the Philadelphia Eagles and then later while playing for the Green Bay Packers in 1995 and 1998.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks to teammates in a huddle in the rain during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears in NFL football's Super Bowl XLI in Miami on Feb. 4, 2007. The Colts won 29-17. Manning was named to AP All-Pro team seven times during his career.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds his son Baylen after the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami on Feb. 7, 2010. The Saints won 31-17. Brees was named to the AP All-Pro first team in 2006.

Jim Otto (left) and Jerry Rice hold the record for the most first-team AP All-Pro selections with 10 each. Otto played center for the Oakland Raiders from 1960 to 1974, while Rice, the most prolific wide receivers of all time, played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 2000 before closing out his career with four seasons at Oakland.

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