For the third consecutive season, Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton was named a second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
Sitton, the only offensive linemen on the team to start all 16 regular-season games, was beaten out by Baltimore's Marshal Yanda and Pittsburgh's David DeCastro for first-team accolades.
"Any time you can do something on a high level and be consistent with it, I think that’s what you’re looking for," Sitton said on Friday. "I’ve been fortunate over my career to have some success and I’ve been able to stay healthy. I think that’s been the biggest thing. It means a lot. Any accolades you get always mean a lot. The biggest one is winning the Super Bowl. I think that’s everybody’s No. 1 goal. Then you have your personal goals and it’s always one of them."
According to STATS, Sitton gave up a career-high 7.5 sacks, with two of those coming last week at left tackle. He had yielded a total of six sacks over his previous five seasons combined, including none last year. (STATS does not assign blame to quarterbacks.) His six holding penalties and eight total penalties were also the worst numbers of his career. He's battled through injuries throughout the second half of the season.
"I’ve always prided myself on making sure I’m out there. It’s something that I’ve always made a point of," he said.
No other Packers were selected to the AP's team, which is considered the official All-Pro team.
Houston defensive end J.J. Watt and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson were the only unanimous picks on all 50 ballots. Oakland's Khalil Mack was a first-team choice at defensive end and outside linebacker, becoming the first player to be a first-teamer at two spots. Carolina, which went 15-1, had a league-high six All-Pros, with Cam Newton beating out Carson Palmer at quarterback in what could foreshadow the MVP vote.
Quarterback: Cam Newton, Carolina
Running Backs: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Doug Martin, Tampa Bay
Fullback: Mike Tolbert, Carolina
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, New England
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; Julio Jones, Atlanta
Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati
Guards: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
Center: Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Placekicker: Stephen Gostkowski, New England
Kick Returner: Tyler Lockett, Seattle
Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Khalil Mack, Oakland
Tackles: Aaron Donald, St. Louis; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
Outside Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver; Khalil Mack, Oakland, and Thomas Davis, Carolina
Inside Linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
Cornerbacks: Josh Norman, Carolina; Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Safeties: Tyrann Mathiue, Arizona; Eric Berry, Kansas City
Punter: Johnny Hekker, St. Louis
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Arizona
Running Backs: Todd Gurley, St. Louis; Devonta Freeman, Atlanta
Fullback: Pat DiMarco, Atlanta
Tight End: Greg Olsen, Carolina
Wide Receivers: Brandon Marshall, New York Jets; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston, and Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Trent Williams, Washington
Guards: Josh Sitton, Green Bay; Mike Iupati, Arizona, and Zach Martin, Dallas
Center: Travis Frederick, Dallas
Placekicker: Dan Bailey, Dallas
Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Ends: Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets; Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit
Tackles: Kawann Short, Carolina; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia
Outside Linebacker: Jamie Collins, New England
Inside Linebackers: Bobby Wagner, Seattle; Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Chris Harris Jr., Denver, and Marcus Peters, Kansas City
Safeties: Reggie Nelson, Cincinnati; Charles Woodson, Oakland
Punter: Sam Koch, Baltimore