4 Canes make NFL All-Pro Team

The University of Miami has more former players on NFL rosters than any other college program in the country. And in 2008, they had more former players selected to the NFL All-Pro Team than anyone else.

Four Hurricanes were honored as selections to the NFL All-Pro first Team.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson was widely considered the best receiver in pro football this season. His 115 catches and 1,575 yards and eight touchdowns were all career highs for the former top five pick. Johnson joined Larry Fitzgerald as first team selections at receiver.

Linebacker Ray Lewis, who will play in his 10th Pro Bowl in 13 NFL seasons next month, was selected again. Lewis has been the leader of a very tough Baltimore Raven defense that's been one of the best in football the entire season. He finished the regular season with 117 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and three interceptions.

Fellow linebacker Jon Beason, in just his second year in the league, was also selected. He finished the season as one of the league's top tacklers with 138 (110 were solo tackles). Beason now has 278 tackles in his first two seasons in the league. Beason has been the leader of a very good Carolina defense all season. DeMarcus Ware (Dallas) and James Harrison (Pittsburgh) were the other two linebackers selected.

The only unanimous selection in the whole league this year was safety Ed Reed. Reed helped lead the Ravens defense with Lewis and finished the regular season with 41 tackles and nine interceptions (two of which were returned for scores). Reed is widely considered the best safety in football and joined Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu on the team at safety.

Source: Associated Press


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