Brady chosen unanimously
Mayo, Mankins also are All-Pros
Tom Brady’s performance in the regular season continues to earn him honors. Yesterday, the Patriots quarterback was a unanimous selection for the Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro team.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and guard Logan Mankins also were All-Pro selections. The All-Pro second team included Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer, nose tackle Vince Wilfork, and rookie cornerback Devin McCourty.
Brady was a unanimous selection for the first time in his career.
He missed out on that distinction in 2007 when he received all but a half-vote after leading the Patriots to an unbeaten regular season. Brett Favre received a half vote that year. But Brady was the only player this season to receive every vote from the 50-member panel of media who cover the NFL.
Brady helped the Patriots to a 14-2 regular-season record and the AFC East title. He set an NFL record with 335 pass attempts without an interception during those 16 games and had 11 straight starts without an interception, also a league record. Brady completed 324 of 492 passes for 3,900 yards and 36 touchdowns and threw just four interceptions.
Brady did it all while playing through a chronic foot injury that flared up during the season. He had surgery to repair a stress fracture last week at Massachusetts General Hospital and will not participate in the Pro Bowl this weekend.
Mayo, who earned a Pro Bowl spot for the first time in his career, led the NFL with 193 tackles in the regular season. He was the first Patriots player since Lawyer Milloy (1997-2001) to have three consecutive seasons with 100-plus tackles. For the second consecutive season, Mayo was a co-defensive captain and was a consistent contributor on defense.
Mankins joined the Patriots seven games into the season because of a contract dispute but still had the type of season that earned him praise. Mankins stepped in beside Matt Light on the offensive line to help protect Brady. He also was part of an offensive line that helped running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis collect 1,008 yards rushing on 229 carries.
Mankins was voted to his third Pro Bowl and did it playing in just nine games.