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Dr. Z's all-pro team
Paul Zimmerman
January 14, 2002
The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens and the NFC East-winning Eagles each place three men on my All-Pro team. It doesn't seem as if the Bears have had an All-Pro since Walter Payton, but now they, too, have three of them.
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January 14, 2002

Dr. Z's All-pro Team

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The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens and the NFC East-winning Eagles each place three men on my All-Pro team. It doesn't seem as if the Bears have had an All-Pro since Walter Payton, but now they, too, have three of them.

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Kurt Warner, Rams. He gets the call over the Raiders' Rich Gannon. The gunslinger mentality edges the careful approach of the West Coast offense.

Running back: Marshall Faulk, Rams. If the league ever enacts a rule that backs can't catch passes, he'll be out of business. Can kill you from the flank, the slot, anywhere.

Fullback: Cory Schlesinger, Lions. Either running or blocking, he's going to knock someone over.

Wide receivers: David Boston, Cardinals, and Keyshawn Johnson, Bucs. Boston makes DBs pay with his 238 pounds. Keyshawn had only one touchdown, but so what? He's the most reliable third-down guy in the business.

Tight end: Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs. No one at the position in his class—still.

Tackles: Walter Jones, Seahawks, and Luke Petit-gout, Giants. Jones is the sleeker and niftier of the two. Petitgout, who really lifted his game this year, mans the strong side. He was the key guy in New York's power sweep right.

Guards: Alan Faneca, Steelers, and Edwin Mulitalo, Ravens. Faneca clears the way for Jerome Bettis. Mulitalo blasts holes for, well, whomever the Ravens line up in the backfield that day.

Center: Damien Woody, Patriots. He's the veteran who holds together a line that ranks as one of the league's best.

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