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Chargers' Weddle Named All-Pro

Pro Bowler had a career-high 7 interceptions

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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