Marshawn Lynch and Earl Thomas have been named to the All-NFC team, as selected by Pro Football Weekly, while Richard Sherman made the publication’s All-Rookie team.
Thomas was voted the starting free safety on the NFC Pro Bowl squad, so his selection is no surprise. But Lynch was a second alternate to the Pro Bowl, meaning four other running backs received more votes than the player who became the Seahawks’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2005 and also scored in a club-record 11 consecutive games.
The Eagles’ LeSean McCoy is the other back on the PFW team, and also was tabbed for their All-Pro team along with the Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew. Joining Thomas at safety on the All-NFC team is the 49ers’ Dashon Goldson, who played at the University of Washington. The safeties on PFW’s All-Pro team are the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu and the Chargers’ Eric Weddle.
Sherman and the Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson are the cornerbacks on the All-Rookie team. While Peterson was the fifth pick overall in the NFL Draft, Sherman was selected in the fifth round.
Sherman “shattered expectations in his first season,” as PFW put it. “He started 10 games and was among the league leaders in pass breakups (21).”