Following a season in which he broke the Kansas City Chiefs franchise record for tackles, LB Derrick Johnson was named to The Associated Press 2011 NFL All-Pro Team. The team is voted on by 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL and Johnson received 16 votes at inside linebacker.
The honor is a first for Johnson.
“Starting” on the team next to Johnson at inside linebacker is Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers. There are three inside linebackers due to a tie between Bowman and Johnson. Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens and DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys round out the linebacking corps, beating out Chiefs outside ‘backer Tamba Hali.
Former Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen was one vote short of being a unanimous selection. He’s joined on the defensive line by the Giants Jason Pierre-Paul, and tackles Haloti Ngata from the Ravens and the Niners’ Justin Smith.
The AFC West also delivered the starting safety in Eric Weddle of the San Diego Chargers. Troy Polamalu from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers’ Charles Woodson round out the secondary.