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January 03, 2014

Panthers place four on All-Pro teams

Four of the five Pro Bowl invitees from the Panthers were named to the Associated Press All-Pro teams on Friday.

Fullback Mike Tolbert, linebacker Luke Kuechly and center Ryan Kalil were named first-team All-Pro while defensive end Greg Hardy was named to the second team.

The All-Pro nod is Kalil’s second and first on the first team. He was named to the second team in 2011 before breaking his foot early in the 2012 season.

Tolbert, Kuechly and Hardy are all first-timers for the All-Pro teams. Tolbert’s 361 rushing yards and 184 receiving yards along with seven total touchdowns helped him win the honor over second-team fullback Marcel Reece from Oakland.

Kuechly, who’s in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, was joined by San Francisco’s NaVarro Bowman on the first team.

Buffalo’s Mario Williams joined Hardy on the second-team All-Pro defensive end list while Houston’s J.J. Watt and St. Louis’ Robert Quinn took first-team honors.

"All four have worked very hard, have done a great job for us and deservedly so," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "I am disappointed for a number of guys, though. We had some guys that played very well that deserve recognition as well. Unfortunately, not everybody can be. But we have guys that are very deserving of recognition."

Quarterback Cam Newton was the only Pro Bowl invitee from the Panthers not named to the All-Pro team. Denver’s Peyton Manning was the only unanimous vote for the team, which did not lend itself to a second-team quarterback.

It's the first time since 2008 the Panthers have had four All-Pros, regardless of team. It's the first time since 1996, and only the second time in team history, Carolina has had three first-team All-Pros.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 3, 2014 at 01:29 PM | Permalink

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