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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