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PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) — Antonio Brown is one of four repeaters from last season on The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro Team, and the only unanimous choice.
In voting announced Friday, the brilliant wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers drew all 50 ballots from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. Brown missed the last two-plus games with an ankle injury.
He is one of four players to make his fourth All-Pro squad, joining New England tight end and Woodland Hills High School grad Rob Gronkowski, Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly and Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his third All-Pro team.
Three other Steelers were also first-team selections: Le’Veon Bell, David DeCastro and Cameron Heyward.
Bell was a first-team selection in 2014 and a second-team selection in 2016. DeCastro was a first-team selection in 2015 and second-team in 2016.
“It’s very surreal, kind of like the same feeling as when I got drafted here,” said DeCastro. “But at the same time, football’s just become fun and that’s kind of maybe the key to it. Just been enjoying it, having a great group, a great team.”
Heyward racked up 12 sacks as part of a Steelers defense that set the franchise’s single season sack record.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Heyward said. “But I wouldn’t be this way without the teammates and my coaches. They put me in the right spots. They do all the grunt work too.”
In addition to the Steelers All-Pro selections, Penn Hills native, former Pitt Panther and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald received 49 of 50 possible first team votes.
In their turnaround season, the Rams led the way with six All-Pros, including two more specialists: kicker Greg Zuerlein and kick returner Pharoh Cooper. Running back Todd Gurley and left tackle Andrew Whitworth were honored.
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