All-Pro Provides ‘Icing’ on Winning Cake

Aaron Rodgers and John Kuhn were first-team selections to the AP's prestigious All-Pro team on Friday. Jordy Nelson and Josh Sitton were second-team choices. That's all well and good but the Packers have their sights set on bigger and better things. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and fullback John Kuhn were the Green Bay Packers’ two first-team selections to the Associated Press’ All-Pro team.

Guard Josh Sitton and receiver Jordy Nelson, who were named to the Pro Bowl team two weeks ago, earned second-team accolades.

“I think it’s great,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday as the team returned to work in preparation for next week’s divisional playoff game. “Jordy and Josh and Aaron and John Kuhn being selected for the All-Pro (team), you always look for those types of things and you congratulate those guys. It represents the kind of football team we have. Very happy for those guys.”

Rodgers received 44 of a possible 50 votes, with Dallas’ Tony Romo earning second-team honors with three votes. That’s an interesting breakdown, considering Rodgers and Romo are considered two of the prime contenders for NFL MVP.

Rodgers’ 112.2 passer rating was just behind Romo’s league-best 113.2. Rodgers, however, had by far the best touchdown-to-interception ratio, with his 38 touchdowns and five interceptions equating to a 7.6-to-1 ratio -- double Romo’s second-place 3.8-to-1.

“Those nominations and achievements are great but, ultimately, at this time of the year, it’s about winning championships,” Rodgers said. “That’s what we’re focused on. Anything else is kind of icing on the cake for us. But I’m especially excited for John. I mean, John’s had a great year. He got the Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro, that’s a big deal. People always talk about, it’s an honor to be voted into the Pro Bowl, but there it’s extra sweet with the All-Pro team because of the people who vote for that.”

Rodgers also was a first-team choice in 2011, when he was the NFL’s MVP. For Kuhn, this is his first first-team honor. Oddly, it came in a season in which he saw his snaps cut by about one-third compared to past seasons. He earned 18 votes to edge Kansas City’s Anthony Sherman (14) and Oakland’s Marcel Reece (12).

“It’s truly a blessing to have that accolade,” Kuhn said. “It just shows what some people think about you. It’s something that you always kind of watched in your years of being a football fan, ‘That guy’s All-Pro, he’s one of the best at his position.’ It’s nice to have that side by side with my name.”

Sitton is a second-team All-Pro for the second consecutive year. Baltimore’s Marshall Yanda (38 votes) and Dallas rookie Zach Martin (24) were the first-teamers, with Sitton collecting 22 votes. Sitton did not allow a sack this season.

Nelson finished among the league leaders with 98 receptions, 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, who led the NFL in receptions, captured 49 votes and Dallas’ Dez Bryant, who led the NFL in touchdown receptions, earned 24 votes. Nelson was next with 15.

Clay Matthews received five votes at outside linebacker and one vote at inside linebacker. Bryan Bulaga received a vote at right tackle and Corey Linsley picked up a vote at center.

CLICK HERE for the Associated Press’ national story on its All-Pro team.

CLICK HERE for the voting.

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