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January 2, 2015 at 9:28 AM

Seattle’s Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner named to Associated Press All-Pro Team

Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman struts off the field after intercepting a pass intended for Brandon Lloyd during the first quarter as the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers  on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Betinna Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman struts off the field after intercepting a pass intended for Brandon Lloyd during the first quarter as the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Betinna Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Earl Thomas and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner were each named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team, announced today. Safety Kam Chancellor and running back Marshawn Lynch were each named to the Second Team.

Since the First Team consists of just 12 players each on offense and defense, it’s often considered a more prestigious honor than the Pro Bowl selections announced last week.

The five players selected to either the First or Second teams is a Seattle franchise record. Seattle has twice had four players named to the First Team — 2005 and 2012 — but each year did not have anyone named Second Team.

For Wagner , it is the first time he has won the award, which is voted on by 50 members of the media who cover the league.

For Sherman and Thomas, it is their third straight season being honored.

Sherman received 41 votes, second to New England’s Darrelle Revis at cornerback — Revis had 42.

Thomas led all safeties with 39 votes.

Wagner was second among inside linebackers with 31 behind the 43 of Carolina’s Luke Kuechly.

Wagner was honored despite missing five games at mid-season with a toe injury.

You can see all the votes here.

Chancellor was third in the safety voting with 14 to make the second team, and Lynch was third in the running back voting with second, to also make the second team.

Michael Bennett was sixth in the voting at defensive end with three and just off making the second team. Lynch also got a vote at fullback, which might have been a voter simply picking a third running back.

The only other Seahawk to get a vote was James Carpenter, who got one at guard.

Seattle had two players make the team in 2013 — Sherman and Thomas — with Chancellor named to the second team.

The four who made it in 2012 were Sherman, Thomas, Lynch and center Max Unger.

Prior to 2012, Seattle had not had a player make the First Team since 2007.

Left tackle Walter Jones leads all Seahawks with four First Team selections. Cortez Kennedy and Kenny Easley also had three (Steve Largent, somewhat mystifyingly in retrospect, had just one, though he did make the second team four times).

Sherman told the AP he was glad to be honored but thought the Seahawks could have had even more players named to the team — Seattle’s three was tied for most on the team behind Dallas with four.

“I think they’re recognizing what our defensive numbers are doing, what we’re doing as a whole as a defense,” Sherman said. “That goes to Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner as well. I think people are starting to understand you don’t’ get the historical numbers that we’ve gotten without great players and that should lead to more recognition for other players as well: Mike Bennett, Cliff Avril, K.J. Wright, Kam Chancellor. I think when you play at such a high level that you’re not always going to get the big numbers because it’s spread out so evenly.”

Wagner told the Associated Press the award “means a lot to me. I know I’m not really about awards and stuff like that. But to get the recognition that I feel like I deserve is huge for me because I feel like I’ve been playing well since I’ve came to the league. I’m on such a great defense that sometimes there are guys that get overlooked, and unfortunately I was one of them. But I think all the things that has happened this year as far as the awards and the recognition and stuff like that it means so much more to me this year because everything that I went through this year. ”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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