The honors keep coming in – but when you finish a 16-game season with 147 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles – would you expect anything different?
A day after he was named to Sporting News’ All-Pro defense, Patrick Willis has added another significant achievement to his resume. Willis was chosen as a first-team member of the Associated Press’ All-Pro Team.
The 49ers three-time Pro Bowl linebacker was selected by a national media panel alongside Baltimore Raves linebacker Ray Lewis as the NFL’s top middle linebackers from this past season.
While Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year, was a unanimous choice for the first-team, Willis was almost an undisputed selection himself.
He received 49 of 50 first-place votes, the most of any NFL player behind Johnson.
This is the third time Willis has been chosen as an All-Pro, and his second first-team selection. As a rookie he was the only member of his 2007 draft class to be named All-Pro. Last season, Willis missed out on the first-team by one vote, as Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason edged him out.
Punter Andy Lee was selected to the AP’s All-Pro team too, but as a second-teamer in a tie with St. Louis Rams punter Donnie Jones.
It’s Lee’s second All-Pro selection. Lee was a first-team selection along with Willis in 2007.
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