D.J. Earns All-Pro Honors

It’s more than a matter of semantics. So often we’ll hear a player described as an All-Pro, when he’s really a Pro Bowler. There is a difference – a big difference.

All-Pro is a designation that goes to a limited number of players as the best in the game, no matter their conference or team. For the 25 spots (11 defense, 11 offense, 3 special teams) there is only one player and any ties. Pro Bowler is a designation that goes to the initial members of the all-star teams in the AFC and NFC. Pro Bowl doesn’t mean All-Pro.

So when the Associated Press announced Friday the NFL’s All-Pro team for the 2011 season, Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson received his greatest honor for the season – he was named All-Pro first team defense. Because of a tie in the votes, he was one of three inside linebackers named, joining Patrick Willis and NaVarro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers.

Johnson becomes only the sixth defensive player for the Chiefs honored with a first-team All-Pro honor in the last 37 seasons. He joins S Deron Cherry, CB Albert Lewis, LB Derrick Thomas, DE Neil Smith and DE Jared Allen.

OLB Tamba Hali earned second-team honors.

Associated Press 2011 All-Pro First team


  • Quarterback — Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay.
  • Running Backs — Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville; LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia.
  • Fullback — Vonta Leach, Baltimore.
  • Tight End — Rob Gronkowski, New England.
  • Wide Receivers — Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Wes Welker, New England.
  • Tackles — Jason Peters, Philadelphia; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.
  • Guards — Carl Nicks, New Orleans; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.
  • Center — Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.
  • Placekicker — David Akers, San Francisco.
  • Kick Returner — Patrick Peterson, Arizona.


  • Ends — Jared Allen, Minnesota; Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants.
  • Tackles — Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; Justin Smith, San Francisco.
  • Outside Linebackers — Terrell Suggs, Baltimore; DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.
  • Inside Linebacker — Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco, and Derrick Johnson, Kansas City.
  • Cornerbacks — Charles Woodson, Green Bay; Darrelle Revis, New York Jets.
  • Safeties — Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh; Eric Weddle, San Diego.
  • Punter — Andy Lee, San Francisco.

Associated Press 2011 All-Pro Second Team


  • Quarterback — Drew Brees, New Orleans.
  • Running Backs — Ray Rice, Baltimore; Arian Foster, Houston.
  • Fullback — John Kuhn, Green Bay.
  • Tight End — Jimmy Graham, New Orleans.
  • Wide Receivers — Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona; Victor Cruz, New York Giants.
  • Tackles — Duane Brown, Houston; Joe Staley, San Francisco.
  • Guards — Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Logan Mankins, New England.
  • Center — Ryan Kalil, Carolina, and Nick Mangold, New York Jets.
  • Placekicker — Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland.
  • Kick Returner — Devin Hester, Chicago.


  • Ends — Justin Smith, San Francisco; Jason Babin, Philadelphia.
  • Tackles — Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Vince Wilfork, New England and Richard Seymour, Oakland.
  • Outside Linebackers — Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Von Miller, Denver.
  • Inside Linebackers — Brian Cushing, Houston; London Fletcher, Washington.
  • Cornerbacks — Johnathan Joseph, Houston; Carlos Rogers, San Francisco.
  • Safeties — Ed Reed, Baltimore; Earl Thomas, Seattle.
  • Punter — Shane Lechler, Oakland.

9 Responses to “D.J. Earns All-Pro Honors”

  • January 6, 2012  - rufus says:

    He deserves it. DJ played some outstanding football this whole season. He had a few oh sh!tz during coverage, but he finally put the kind of season together you’d expect from him. Fantastic athlete is now a fantastic football player. Glad the press acknowledged it.

  • January 7, 2012  - Milkman says:

    This is what we we’ve been waiting for since he fell to us at the 15th pick in the ’05 draft. I remember thinking Carolina would pick him right before us, but instead they took Thomas Davis. From what I’ve read about Derrick, he seems to be a true professional. I hope he has many more good seasons left.

  • January 7, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Again well deserved. Both of these guys played their tails off all year long. Hali is relentless and there were games when DJ was on fire out there. If nothing else it’s going to be fun watching him and Tamba going forward.

  • January 7, 2012  - el cid says:

    Today, M Lombardi, NFL network, says the Chiefs will announce Crennel to be new HC in 3-4 days. So I guess due diligence is over. Logical choice considering who they interviewed. Hope is makes it. Got to wonder who OC will be? Do we have yet another rebuild on offense? Special teams needs a new coach. I hold out hope Crennel will be able to get Pioli to get his feet wet in free agency.

  • January 7, 2012  - Tim says:

    Well deserved awards for both. Congrats to them!

  • January 7, 2012  - Niblick says:

    We need a rebuild on offense. I think we were next to last in scoring. I think part of the rebuild will come with Charles and Moeaki coming back. I also have no idea who the next OC will be. There are a few names floating around, but most would be lateral moves. Mularkey is one name I heard the Chiefs were interested in. At least it won’t be McDaniels. He is going back to New England. I don’t think it’s a great year for free agency, although I haven’t seen a complete list. We need o-line help, nose tackle, and safety depth. I don’t see a change in QB although I would love to see a blockbuster trade with Rams for the rights to RG3. A first rounder this year and in 2013 and perhpas Bowe, if we get him signed. I don’t think Pioli would ever pull a trigger on a deal like that. The Patriots never did.

  • January 7, 2012  - RW says:

    Good for DJ being a late bloomer and Tamba for being a consistently excellent force. Side note: Shefter of ESPN reporting that Romeo to be the next head coach of Chiefs. I’m good with that.

    My question: Why is a national reporter being more dialed in to this news than the locals? Makes me wonder about the selected leakage from Arrowhead OR the lack of access for local media.

    Either way, it’s troubling but that’s nothing new with this bunch led by Jr. Hunt & Pioli. Just an aside. Congrats to Romeo. I’m good with it and think Romeo will continue to be his own man plus rise to the occasion.

  • January 7, 2012  - Niblick says:

    The local media has not been getting any Chiefs leaks for decades in my opinion. When Peterson was here Bob sometimes got some Chiefs leaks but there weren’t too many other sources that I recall. 610 Radio has been the best source in recent years for breaking news. IE-the Thomas Jones/Houston altercation. Just my obwervations. Perhaps I’m wrong.

  • January 7, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I meant the Thoms Jones/Baldwin fight.

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