Three All-Pros

James Farrior probably won't be starting at middle linebacker next month for the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

That honor, when it is announced, will probably go to the now overrated Ray Lewis, who is clearly on the downside of his once-great career.

But Farrior did receive one honor Lewis didn't this season when he was named the middle linebacker on the NFL's All-Pro team.

Farrior, the Steelers' MVP, was one of three Pittsburgh players named to the All-Pro team Thursday. He was joined by guard Alan Faneca and center Jeff Hartings on the first team.

Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Hines Ward and linebacker Joey Porter were named to the second team.

Farrior, who led the Steelers in tackles while also picking off four passes and recording three sacks, not only beat Lewis out, he easily did so, earning 44 votes compared to 18 for Lewis.

Hartings, meanwhile, edged the Jets' Kevin Mawae, 18 votes to 17 to earn his first All-Pro honor.

This is Faneca's fourth All-Pro honor. He received 36 votes while second-place finished Brian Waters of Kansas City – who is also on the first team – got 17 to edge teammate Will Shields (16).

Porter received 12 votes to finish 20 behind Buffalo's Takeo Spikes, while Ward finished fourth despite getting just five votes. Philadelphia's Terrell Owens led the receivers with 41 votes.

Polamalu finished third in the voting behind Baltimore's Ed Reed and Philadelphia's Brian Dawkins, who received 47 and 24 votes, respectively. Polamalu received 13 votes.

Other Steelers who received All-Pro votes included running back Jerome Bettis (1); fullback Dan Kreider (2); offensive tackle Marvel Smith (2); defensive end Aaron Smith (1); and cornerback Deshea Townsend (1).

The All-Pro team is voted on by a panel of 48 Associated Press writers from across the country.


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