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Gronkowski, Wilfork earn All-Pro nods

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  January 11, 2013 10:48 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Two Patriots were recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America and Pro Football Weekly as All-Pros this season.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork were named to the All-Pro team, while defensive end Chandler Jones was named to the All-Rookie team.

Gronkowski played in only 11 games this season because of a broken forearm, but finished with 55 receptions for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"They don’t make receiving tight ends any better than Gronkowski, whose red-zone chemistry with Patriots QB Tom Brady is a key element in the league’s most productive offense," wrote Pro Football Weekly.

Wilfork had another stellar year for the Patriots up front, and was as disruptive as ever with 41 solo tackles, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Jones, in his first year out of Syracuse, had six sacks in 14 games. Said Pro Football Weekly: "Patriots DE Chandler Jones was an early favorite for defensive rookie honors before an ankle injury slowed him and he finished with six sacks."

The writers' association tabbed Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as its defensive player of the year and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as its offensive player of the year and MVP. Denver's Peyton Manning was named the association's All-Pro quarterback.

See the PFW/PFWA All-Pro team here.


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