Harrison tops All-Pro voting

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2003

Marvin Harrison was the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team that featured a new look, with 13 first-time choices, including rookie Jeremy Shockey.

Veteran safety Rod Woodson made the team for the sixth time -- and at the third different position. Three of his Oakland Raiders teammates, quarterback Rich Gannon, the league's MVP, tackle Lincoln Kennedy and center Barret Robbins, were newcomers to the squad, chosen by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcaster who cover the NFL.

Also selected Saturday for the fourth straight year was Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

Harrison, the Indianapolis Colts' record-setting receiver, caught the attention of all 48 voters. He shattered the league mark for receptions this season with 143, 20 more than Herman Moore's previous standard. He had 10 100-yard games and his 1,722 yards were the fourth-highest single season total ever.

''I can't say it's better than the last few years,'' the reserved Harrison said. ''Everything happens so fast, week in and week out, you don't really have time to think about that.

''When you sit back and evaluate it, you say 'Man, all these catches.' But I still look at the things I did wrong. I don't look at myself as some great receiver because I know I can get better.''

Still, unanimity?

''It's definitely an honor, but I think a lot of it goes back not only to the work I put into it, but the team,'' he said. The Colts were 10-6 and made the playoffs.

Joining Harrison at wideout was San Francisco's flamboyant Terrell Owens, as opposite in style from Harrison as anyone can be.

As is the energetic Shockey, a first-round pick out of the University of Miami who had a major impact on the New York Giants' offense. Shockey led NFL tight ends and all rookies with 74 receptions and 894 yards receiving and scored twice. He opened up the passing game by being nearly unstoppable over the middle.

Woodson has been the best as a kick returner in 1989; as a cornerback in 1990, '92, '93 and '94; and now as a safety. He signed with the Raiders as a free agent before the season, then turned in one of the best performances of his 15-year career, including eight interceptions, tied for the league lead.

The Raiders had four All-Pros, as did Miami: RB Ricky Williams, DE Jason Taylor, ILB Zach Thomas and CB Patrick Surtain. Tampa Bay had three, with DE Simeon Rice and OLB Derrick Brooks joining Sapp.

Completing the offense were Kansas City running back Priest Holmes and guard Will Shields; Pittsburgh guard Alan Faneca; and Baltimore tackle Jon Ogden, making his third All-Pro team.

The other defensive players were Carolina tackle Kris Jenkins, Chicago inside linebacker Brian Urlacher, Pittsburgh outside linebacker Joey Porter, and a pair of Eagles defensive backs: safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Troy Vincent.

New England's Adam Vinatieri was the placekicker, while Carolina's Todd Sauerbrun was the punter. New Orleans' Michael Lewis was chosen as the kick returner.

Three Raiders to start in Pro Bowl

HONOLULU -- Three Oakland Raiders veterans, including NFL most valuable player Rich Gannon, will start for the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

Gannon will face a lot of Tampa Bay defenders. End Simeon Rice, tackle Warren Sapp, linebacker Derrick Brooks and safety John Lynch of the Buccaneers all are NFC starters.

Gannon will be throwing to teammate Jerry Rice, and Raiders safety Rod Woodson also will start in the game Feb. 2. There also will be three starters from the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins.

Kansas City running back Priest Holmes and Cincinnati fullback Lorenzo Neal will be in the backfield with Gannon.

The tight end will be Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez, and the other wideout is Marvin Harrison of Indianapolis.

Starting on the line will be tackles Jonathan Ogden of Baltimore and Willie Roaf of Kansas City. The guards are the Chiefs' Will Shields and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Alan Faneca. Kevin Mawae of the New York Jets goes at center.

On defense, the Dolphins have end Jason Taylor, linebacker Zach Thomas and cornerback Patrick Surtain in the starting lineup.

Joining Taylor up front are end Trevor Pryce of Denver and tackles Richard Seymour of New England and Gary Walker of Houston.

The other linebackers are Joey Porter of Pittsburgh and Junior Seau of San Diego.

Houston's Aaron Glenn joins Surtain at cornerback. The safeties are Woodson and New England's Lawyer Milloy.

The NFC offense is led by Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre and his teammate, tight end Bubba Franks. Along with Favre in the backfield are Mike Alstott of Tampa Bay and Deuce McAllister of New Orleans.

The receivers are the Saints' Joe Horn and the 49ers' Terrell Owens. At tackle will be Tra Thomas of Philadelphia and Walter Jones of Seattle. The guards will be Jermane Mayberry of Philadelphia and Ron Stone of San Francisco. Chicago's Olin Kreutz is the center.

They will be joined by end Michael Strahan of the Giants, tackle La'Roi Glover of Dallas, linebackers Brian Urlacher of Chicago and LaVar Arrington of Washington, safety Darren Sharper of Green Bay, and cornerbacks Champ Bailey of Washington and Troy Vincent of Philadelphia.

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