Johnson and Hali earn AP All-Pro honors

Posted Jan 6, 2012

Derrick Johnson was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press; Tamba Hali pulls in second-team honors

Chiefs linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali were each awarded NFL All-Pro honors by the Associated Press Friday afternoon.

Johnson was selected to the AP All-Pro Team for the first time of his career, earning first-team honors alongside San Francisco inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Hali appeared as a second-team selection at outside linebacker.

Both players were 16-game starters for the Chiefs during the 2011 season. Johnson set a new franchise single-season tackle record with 179 tackles and played in nearly every defensive snap. Hali posted a career-high 83 tackles and led the team in sacks (12.0) for the fifth time in his six NFL seasons.

Johnson and Hali finished first and second in a vote of their teammates for the Derrick Thomas MVP Award and are both heading to Hawaii later this month for the Pro Bowl. Thomas was the last Chiefs linebacker to earn AP All-Pro honors (second-team in 1996).

The Associated Press All-Pro team is selected by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the team.

Last season, Jamaal Charles earned a first-team selection at running back and Dwayne Bowe earned a second-team selection at wide receiver.

2011 AP All-Pro Team, 1st Team Offense

Position Player, Team
QB Aaron Rodgers, GB
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC
LeSean McCoy, PHI
FB Vonta Leach, BAL
WR Calvin Johnson, DET
Wes Welker, NE
TE Rob Gronkowski, NE
T Jason Peters, PHI
Joe Thomas, CLV
G Carl Nicks, NO
Jahri Evans, NO
C Maurkice Pouncey, PIT
KR Patrick Peterson, ARI
KR David Akers, SF

2011 AP all-Pro Team, 1st Team Defense

Position Player, Team
DE Jared Allen, MIN
Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG
DT Haloti Ngata, BAL
Justin Smith, SF
OLB Terrell Suggs, BAL
DeMarcus Ware, DAL
ILB Patrick Willis, SF
NaVorro Bowman, SF
Derrick Johnson, KC
CB Charles Woodson, GB
Derrelle Revis, NYJ
S Troy Polamalu, PIT
Eric Weddle, SD
P Andy Lee, SF

2011 AP All-Pro Team, 2nd Team Offense

Position Player, Team
QB Drew Brees, NO
RB Ray Rice, BAL
Arian Foster, HOU
FB John Kuhn, GB
WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
Victor Cruz, NYG
TE Jimmy Graham, NO
T Duane Brown, HOU
Joe Staley, SF
G Marshal Yanda, BAL
Logan Mankins, NE
C Ryan Kalil, CAR
Nick Mangold, NYJ
KR Devin Hester, CHI
KR Sebastian Janikowski, OAK

2011 AP all-Pro Team, 2nd Team Defense

Position Player, Team
DE Justin Smith, SF
Jason Babin, PHI
DT Geno Atkins, CIN
Vince Wilford, NE
Richard Seymour, OAK
OLB Tamba Hali, KC
Von Miller, DEN
ILB Brian Cushing, HOU
London Fletcher, WAS
CB Jonathan Joseph, HOU
Carlos Rogers, SF
S Ed Reed, BAL
Earl Thomas, SEA
P Shane Lechler, OAK

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