| Boston Herald Jan. 25--It's unanimous: Tom Brady is an NFL All-Pro.
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For the first time in his decorated career, the Patriots quarterback garnered every vote on a 50-person panel to earn the honor that was announced by the Associated Press yesterday. Guard Logan Mankins and linebacker Jerod Mayo were also named to the All-Pro team.
It is the second time Brady has earned the prestigious honor, with the other coming after the historic 2007 season. In that year, he missed being unanimous because one voter split Brady's vote with Brett Favre. At least one player has made the team unanimously every year since 2004.
This year, after a season that saw Brady complete 335 consecutive passes without an interception, he earned every vote. While leading the Patriots to a 14-2 regular-season record and a No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, Brady had a 111 passer rating with 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
He was also named to his sixth Pro Bowl, though he bowed out because he recently underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.
Bill Belichick was traveling to Hawaii to coach the Pro Bowl, and was not available for comment. But on the subject of a plethora of players making the Pro Bowl, he said recently, "We have a lot of players on our team that have had good seasons. I appreciate what everybody does."
Cornerback Devin McCourty, nose tackle Vince Wilfork and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer were all named All-Pro second-teamers.
Behind Brady, the players who received the most votes were Falcons receiver Roddy White (47), Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (47) and Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (45).
Other unanimous players in the past were Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (2004); Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (2005); Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Broncos defensive back Champ Bailey (2006); Tomlinson and Patriots receiver Randy Moss (2007); Ravens safety Ed Reed (2008); and Titans running back Chris Johnson (2009).
Mayo and Mankins each had their first selections, which they can celebrate together at the Pro Bowl this week. Mayo, the third-year linebacker and captain, led the NFL with 174 tackles and received 21 votes. That was shy of the leading linebacker, Patrick Willis of the 49ers (28), and one more than Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (20).
Mankins was honored after missing half of the season in a contract dispute, which likely surprised some.
But his presence was clear when his physicality contributed mightily to eight consecutive wins to end the regular season.
Mankins finished behind Saints guard Jahri Evans (24) and just ahead of Giants guard Chris Snee (14).
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