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Justin Smith joins the ranks of big men whose excellence somehow was overlooked until long into their careers
Although Washington made three mid-career Pro Bowl trips as a member of the Bills, it wasn't until his 11th season that this run-stopping nosetackle was recognized as the best at his position, earning his first All-Pro nod at age 33, as a Bear in 2001.
The second runner-up in the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year voting, Smith, 32, made his debut on the All-Pro team, where he was the oldest lineman on either side of the ball and one of four players to make it from the conference's stingiest scoring defense.
In 1983, a decade after being drafted fifth overall, and nine years removed from reconstructive knee surgery, the 6'7", 291-pound tackle became the oldest first-time All-Pro defensive lineman when at age 33 he was recognized for 11½ sacks in a Super Bowl season.