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PFW/PFWA Recognizes 49ers

Posted by Alex Espinoza on January 16, 2012 – 6:47 PM

Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America gave plenty of recognition to the 49ers in their annual All-NFL selections, which were announced on Monday.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh (Coach of the Year) and general manager Trent Baalke (Executive of the Year) lead the 49ers, who are well-represented in the awards. Defensive tackle Justin Smith, inside linebacker Patrick Willis, kicker David Akers and punter Andy Lee were all named to the 2011 All-NFL Team, while linebacker Aldon Smith was named to the 2011 All-Rookie Team. Akers and Lee were also named co-winners of the Golden Toe award, which goes to the best kicker/punter in the league.

Below, you will find the entire team, which was voted on by PFWA members and Pro Football Weekly editors.

Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America

Most Valuable PlayerPackers QB Aaron Rodgers
Defensive MVP
Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs
Coach of the Year
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh
Rookie of the Year
Panthers QB Cam Newton
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Panthers QB Cam Newton
Most Improved Player of the Year
Giants WR Victor Cruz
Comeback Player of the Year
Lions QB Matthew Stafford
Executive of the Year
49ers GM Trent Baalke
Assistant Coach of the Year
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips
Golden Toe (Best Placekicker or Punter)  —
49ers PK David Akers/49ers P Andy Lee (co-winners)

2011 All-NFL Team
OFFENSE


Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers / Packers
Running backs
Maurice Jones-Drew / Jaguars
LeSean McCoy / Eagles
Wide receivers
Calvin Johnson / Lions
Wes Welker / Patriots
Tight end
Rob Gronkowski / Patriots
Center
Maurkice Pouncey / Steelers
Offensive guards
Jahri Evans / Saints
Carl Nicks / Saints
Offensive tackles
Jason Peters / Eagles
Joe Thomas / Browns

DEFENSE

Defensive ends
Jared Allen / Vikings
Jason Pierre-Paul / Giants
Defensive tackles
Haloti Ngata / Ravens
Justin Smith / 49ers
Outside linebackers
DeMarcus Ware / Cowboys
Terrell Suggs / Ravens
Inside linebacker
Patrick Willis / 49ers
Cornerbacks
Darrelle Revis / Jets
Johnathan Joseph / Texans
Safeties
Troy Polamalu / Steelers
Eric Weddle / Chargers

SPECIAL TEAMS

Placekicker

David Akers / 49ers
Punter
Andy Lee / 49ers
Punt returner
Patrick Peterson / Cardinals
Kickoff returner
Joe McKnight / Jets
Special-teamer
Matthew Slater / Patriots

2011 All-Rookie Team

OFFENSE

Quarterback
Cam Newton / Panthers
Running backs
DeMarco Murray / Cowboys
Roy Helu / Redskins
Wide receivers
A.J. Green / Bengals
Julio Jones / Falcons
Tight end
Kyle Rudolph / Vikings
Center
Mike Pouncey / Dolphins
Offensive guards
Stefen Wisniewski / Raiders
Danny Watkins / Eagles
Offensive tackles
Tyron Smith / Cowboys
Nate Solder / Patriots

DEFENSE


Defensive ends
J.J. Watt / Texans
Jabaal Sheard / Browns
Defensive tackles
Marcell Dareus / Bills
Phil Taylor / Browns
Linebackers
Aldon Smith / 49ers
Von Miller / Broncos
Ryan Kerrigan / Redskins
Cornerbacks
Patrick Peterson / Cardinals
Richard Sherman / Seahawks
Safeties
Chris Conte / Bears
Chris Harris / Broncos

SPECIAL TEAMS


Placekicker
Dan Bailey / Cowboys
Punter
Matt Bosher / Falcons
Punt returner
Patrick Peterson / Cardinals
Kickoff returner
Randall Cobb / Packers
Special-teamer
Akeem Dent / Falcons


Posted in Announcements | 15 Comments »


15 Responses to “PFW/PFWA Recognizes 49ers”

  1. By Scott P. on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    I definitely think that Alex Smith should have gotten “Most Improved Player,” and/or “Comeback Player.” Especially since everybody had him stamped him a “bust,” thanks to Harbaugh, and coaching staff, he posted some really good numbers. Just my opinion, I am not trying to take anything away from Stafford and Cruz, both are really good players.

  2. By alex_fn_smith on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    a little disappointing but you know what,playing hard isnt about all of this crap,or even the pro bowl,or any recognition,or any awards,these guys have been working hard to win…and thats what theyre doing…kill the giants,kill the patriots,make everyone eat crow!

  3. By Tarcules on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    HORSE CRAP!

  4. By pablosh on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    How can you not give Alex Smith either Most Improved Player or Comeback Player of the Year?

  5. By CowbellGoldRush on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to all our Niners!!! Now let’s get out there and beat the G-Men and the AFC and take home the Lombardi Trophy!!!

  6. By DONALD NEMEYER JR on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS 49ERS, GM BAALKE, HEAD COACH HARBAUGH, AND ALL THE OTHER 49ERS WHO WERE AWARDED AN AWARD. ON BEHALF OF ALL THE GREAT 49ER FANS WE STAND BEHIND YOU AND ARE PROUD TO BE 49ER FANS. WITHOUT THE VERY HARD WORK OF THE PEOPLE AND THE STAFF THAT TURNED THE 49ERS INTO WHAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED IN JUST ONE YEAR IS REMARKABLE. YOU CAN BEAT THE GIANTS AND CAN WIN YOUR SIXTH SUPER BOWL. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.. WE LOVE YOU GUYS. GO NINERS…..BILL WALSH WOULD BE PROUD.

  7. By A. on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    How can Alex Smith NOT get most improved player of the year?

  8. By Phil on Jan 16, 2012 | Reply

    who cares about PFW/PFWA.Whats most important here is that the NINERS have a chance to go to the SUPERBOWL and shut everyone up over here where I live in NEW YORK. I can’t take it anymore!!!!!!!!! Oh yeah after beating the GIANTS. I want the NINERS to CRUSH Brady and his crew.

  9. By Ladybug on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    Same old….same old…..the Niners have once again been overlooked, and denied the recognition they deserve. They are without a doubt, the com-back team of the year, and the sports writers don’t give them anything. Well, at least they recognized Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke, Justin Smith, our primo kickers Akers and Lee , Patrick Willis, and Alden Smith…..but what about the others who have dominated…especially our defensive line. They should-a been there too.

    Gooooo Niners…all the way ! ! !

  10. By linda burton on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    So happy to see some niners on board!!! And thankful you recognized our coach. I guess our team has too win it all too fully be recognized. Go niners you are number “1” in your fans eyes. What a team, what a amazing comeback. Love the niners forever.

  11. By PAninersfan on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    2 more games and we got our 6th ring!!!!!!! people are saying that giants are a different team, well i say we are better. our D is going to come up with some big plays (like always), and what the giants didnt have the last time they played us is a alex smith that will get TD’s (we still won that game). NOBODY GOT’S IT BETTER THAN US!!!!!!!! i think its going to be a harbaugh brothers SB an this time the niners will come out on top. lots of love goes out to the niners an the true fans!!!!!! GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!

  12. By Abe on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    WHOO!! how bout them NINERS!! the true under dogs! we WILL concur ALL! the heck with the sports media not giving us any credit what so ever yet will over rate the stupid broncos and tebow??!! GO NINERS!! we gonna win it all baby!

  13. By Basil on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    Alex got snubbed yet again, if he’s not the most improved/comeback.
    We all know one of those if not both belongs to Alex!
    The NFC road to the Super Bowl, begins in San Francisco, eh?
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  14. By mooney75 on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hold on to your hats guys this team is going to take us for a unbelievable ride. Not just this year but for years to come. We will be know as the team of the 20teens no one will believe the history that is going to be made on the football field. Who’s got it better than us. N000000000000000000000 BOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDYYYYYYY

  15. By john bergquist on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    I live in Utah so I’ve been watching Alex since he played here in college and I ALWAYS knew he could do it. Seemed like i was the only believer til this year. That’s ok, he needed to prove himself, next year will be even better. Been my team since i was a kid, fun to watch… They absolutely can beat any of the 3 teams left. Go Niners!

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