While the Carolina Panthers have their sights set on one award, which is a Super Bowl championship, they have earned a number of individual awards along the way. On Friday, it was no different as the Panthers had six players selected to the first-team and two more selected to the second-team of the Associated Press' All Pro Team. This was the most of any team in the NFL.
It was evenly split with three players on both sides of the ball with quarterback Cam Newton earning 40 out of a possible 50 votes, fullback Mike Tolbert earning 31 votes and center Ryan Kalil earning 32 votes. Luke Kuechly led the team on the defensive side of the ball with 49 out of a possible 50 votes, Thomas Davis finished tied with Khalil Mack with 17 votes each and Josh Norman had 43.
Tight end Greg Olsen earned a place on the second-team with two votes, well behind Rob Gronkowski 48 votes. The other player was on the defensive side of the ball as Kawann Short earned his first appearance on the All-Pro list with 14 votes. He finished 9 votes behind Geno Atkins, who was second among defensive tackles.
The most the Panthers have ever had selected to the All-Pro teams was six, which was set back in 1996. This was also the first time for five of these players to be selected to either All-Pro team (Newton, Olsen, Davis, Norman and Short) while Tolbert earned his second first-team selection. Kalil and Kuechly made it for the third time, and this was the third consecutive season for the Panthers' middle linebacker.