For the second consecutive season, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been named to the Associated Press All-Pro team.
This is also the second consecutive year Watt has been named to the first team, as he was the 2012 AP Defensive Player of the Year.
For this season, Watt finished with 80 tackles and 10.5 sacks. Watt also forced four fumbles. In the final game of the regular season last Sunday at Tennessee, Watt had nine sacks and one sack.
This was a great selection by the AP voters with Watt having another great season. Think about it … this is Watt’s third season, and he’s already been All-Pro twice.
What I liked about Watt this season was he took a lot of the blame at the end of the season in what went wrong with the team and said it would never happen again on his Twitter account.
This is just another step in the progression of Watt’s career, as next season is the final year of his contract with the Texans. Hopefully the Texans work on keeping Watt a part of the team for quite a while.
In 2012, Watt totaled 81 tackles and 20.5 sacks, as he also forced four fumbles when he was the defensive player of the year.
The lone unanimous selection to the All-Pro team was quarterback Peyton Manning.
Greg Rosenthal of NFL.com described the All-Pro team perfectly:
“The Pro Bowl is for the best players in the NFL. The annual All-Pro team is for the best of the best.”
For a complete list of the All-Pro team, click here.