Four Ravens Make NFL's "All-Decade Team"

The NFL released their version of the All-Decade Team and four Baltimore Ravens, two each on offense and defense, were honored by their selections.

 

2000s NFL ALL-DECADE TEAM ANNOUNCED

The NFL’s annual Pro Bowl is a celebration of the season’s best.  The 2010 version is also a chance to honor some of the decade’s biggest stars.

The complete 2000s NFL All-Decade Team was revealed during a special Pro Bowl edition of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown earlier today.

Twelve players named to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team competed in the Pro Bowl before a sellout crowd in excess of 70,000.  Broadcast live on ESPN at 7:20 p.m. ET from Sun Life Stadium, the Pro Bowl will for the first time be held prior to the Super Bowl and serve as the signature kickoff event of Super Bowl week.

All-Stars from the Super Bowl competing teams will not participate in the Pro Bowl, but they will attend the game and be honored as part of the pregame festivities.  Three of those players have also been selected to the All-Decade Team: quarterback PEYTON MANNING and defensive end DWIGHT FREENEY of the Colts and safety DARREN SHARPER of the Saints.

The NFL All-Decade teams are chosen every 10 years by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee members.  The 2000s will mark the ninth All-Decade team to be selected in NFL history.

This decade’s 53-player team will be comprised of two quarterbacks, four running backs, one fullback, four wide receivers, two tight ends, four offensive tackles, four guards, two centers, four defensive tackles, four defensive ends, six linebackers, four cornerbacks, four safeties, two kickers, two punters, two kick returners and two punt returners.  Two head coaches have also been chosen.

NFL ALL-DECADE TEAM – 2000s

(2010 Pro Bowl participants listed in Bold/Italics)

OFFENSE
QUARTERBACKS (2)   FULLBACK (1)
Tom Brady   Lorenzo Neal
Peyton Manning    
    TIGHT ENDS (2)
RUNNING BACKS (4)   Antonio Gates
Shaun Alexander   Tony Gonzalez
Jamal Lewis    
Edgerrin James   WIDE RECEIVERS (4)
LaDainian Tomlinson   Marvin Harrison
    Torry Holt
OFFENSIVE TACKLES (4)   Randy Moss
Walter Jones   Terrell Owens
Jonathan Ogden    
Orlando Pace   CENTERS (2)
William Roaf   Olin Kreutz
    Kevin Mawae
GUARDS (4)    
Larry Allen   HEAD COACHES (2)
Alan Faneca   Bill Belichick
Steve Hutchinson   Tony Dungy
Will Shields    

 

DEFENSE
DEFENSIVE ENDS (4)   DEFENSIVE TACKLES (4)
Dwight Freeney   La’Roi Glover
Julius Peppers   Warren Sapp
Michael Strahan   Richard Seymour
Jason Taylor   Kevin Williams
     
CORNERBACKS (4)   SAFETIES (4)
Ronde Barber   Brian Dawkins
Champ Bailey   Troy Polamalu
Ty Law   Ed Reed
Charles Woodson   Darren Sharper
     
LINEBACKERS (6)    
Derrick Brooks    
Ray Lewis    
Joey Porter    
Zach Thomas    
Brian Urlacher    
DeMarcus Ware    

 
 

SPECIALISTS
PUNTERS (2)   PUNT RETURNERS (2)
Shane Lechler   Dante Hall
Brian Moorman   Devin Hester
     
KICKERS (2)   KICK RETURNERS (2)
David Akers   Joshua Cribbs
Adam Vinatieri   Dante Hall

 

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