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Chargers' Weddle Named All-Pro

Pro Bowler had a career-high 7 interceptions

By Michael Gehlken
|  Friday, Jan 6, 2012  |  Updated 1:01 PM PDT
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Another Accolade for Chargers' Weddle

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San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle (left) stands with cornerback Antoine Cason in the final minute of the team's 20-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on September 25, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, Calif.

The accolades continue to pour in for Eric Weddle.

The San Diego Chargers safety, already bound for his first Pro Bowl, was named first-team All-Pro on Friday by the Associated Press.

Weddle, whom the Chargers traded up to draft in the second round in 2007, had a breakthrough season after signing a five-year, $40-million contract last July.

On passes thrown in his direction, quarterbacks went 11-for-27 for 110 yards with a touchdown and seven interceptions. The 25.8 quarterback rating was the lowest allowed by any NFL defensive back, and the career-high seven interceptions tied for the league lead. 

“It’s definitely a huge honor and humbling,” said Weddle, third on the team with 88 tackles. “It shows that hard work pays off. It’s all about consistency and playing at a high level, and I want to continue to be one of the best safeties in the league.”

Weddle was as steady as it came in 2011, pacing the Chargers defense with 1,004 snaps. Teammates voted him their defensive player of the year, and he was named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team.

A national panel of 50 media members select the Associated Press All-Pro team.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen were the top vote-getters, falling a ballot short of unanimous picks.

The full team:

Offense

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
FB Vonta Leach, Baltimore
TE Rob Gronkowski, New England
WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit
WR Wes Welker, New England
T Jason Peters, Philadelphia
T Joe Thomas, Cleveland
G Carl Nicks, New Orleans
G Jahri Evans, New Orleans
C Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
K David Akers, San Francisco
KR Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Defense

DE Jared Allen, Minnesota
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
DT Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
DT Justin Smith, San Francisco
OLB Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
OLB DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
ILB Patrick Willis, San Francisco
ILB NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
ILB Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
CB Charles Woodson, Green Bay
CB Darrelle Revis, New York Jets
S Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
S Eric Weddle, San Diego
P Andy Lee, San Francisco

Second-Team All-Pro

Offense

QB Drew Brees, New Orleans
RB Ray Rice, Baltimore
RB Arian Foster, Houston
FB John Kuhn, Green Bay
TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants
T Duane Brown, Houston
T Joe Staley, San Francisco
G Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
G Logan Mankins, New England
C Ryan Kalil, Carolina
C Nick Mangold, New York Jets
K Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland
KR Devin Hester, Chicago

Defense

DE Justin Smith, San Francisco
DE Jason Babin, Philadelphia
DT Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
DT Vince Wilfork, New England
DT Richard Seymour, Oakland
OLB Tamba Hali, Kansas City
OLB Von Miller, Denver
ILB Brian Cushing, Houston
ILB London Fletcher, Washington
CB Jonathan Joseph, Houston
CB Carlos Rogers, San Francisco
S Ed Reed, Baltimore
S Earl Thomas, Seattle
P Shane Lechler, Oakland

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