One of the greatest honors an NFL player can receive is being named an All-Pro.
This honor can also mean some serious compensation via incentives built into contracts.
The All-Pro teams also feature the best of the best the NFL has to offer and that is true again for the 2021 version.
AP First Team All-Pro:
WR: Adams, Kupp
T: Williams, Wirfs
G: Bitonio, Martin
DE: Watt, Garrett
DT: Donald, Heyward
LB: Parsons, Leonard, D. Campbell
CB: Diggs, Ramsey
S: Byard, Poyer, Baker
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 14, 2022
Any award announcement brings its fair share of reaction, whether that be praise or controversy.
That is no different with these All-Pro selections.
Wish the Chiefs players could’ve gotten their proper respect on the AP All-Pro teams but they don’t care about that stuff anymore. Let’s just go get another super bowl.
— Chris Kern (@chriskern11) January 14, 2022
Fans all around the NFL may be upset their favorite players did not receive All-Pro nods.
NFL World Reacting To The Latest All-Pro Team
This is a bit of news that leads to a wide reaction because everyone has a say on the matter.
It is not limited to fans of one or two teams.
JC Jackson not making the All-Pro Team shows that All-Pro has gone the same way as the pro bowl- a popularity contest
— 𝕄𝕆𝕊🌹⚡️🏝💫 🏖 (@PFF_UcheMcGrone) January 14, 2022
Second-Team All-Pro is sometimes a joke. 50 writers vote for first place, and whoever has the second most votes gets put on the second team.
For example: Left Tackle this year, 46 guys voted for Trent Williams, and 2 voted for Rashawn Slater… making him Second-Team.
— Philly Nation (@Philly__Nation) January 14, 2022
Player A is Maxx Crosby and was named second team all-pro. Player B who out performed him in nearly every area this season on 84 less snaps is Nick Bosa. This is an absolute joke @AP_NFL #snubbed #49ers
— Logan (@Doee_Logan) January 14, 2022
That should mean Rodgers is the clear favorite for MVP, with Taylor and Kupp deserving some votes as well.
Aaron Rodgers received 34 of 50 all-pro votes at quarterback — a strong sign he’s in line to win his fourth NFL MVP. (Tom Brady got the other 16.) https://t.co/K2rW3WMoaj
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 14, 2022
If the Associated Press All-Pro team voting is any indication, Aaron Rodgers will win MVP.
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) January 14, 2022
Aaron Rodgers got 34 votes to 16 for Tom Brady for All-Pro. It’s the same voters so Rodgers essentially just won MVP.
— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) January 14, 2022
There are always going to be players who are perceived as snubs.
The Associated Press has 50 people vote on All-Pro and it is tough to imagine they are well-versed in every single player out there.
That leaves fans to make the case for their favorites on social media.
Enough noise can raise alarms about players who deserve more attention.
Darius Slay getting just 1 All-Pro vote is embarrassing
— Tr3 (@Eagles76ersTalk) January 14, 2022
#Bears ILB Roquan Smith was named a second team All-Pro
He deserved First-Team in my opinion
— Ethan (@chicagobearcave) January 14, 2022
Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill didn’t receive ONE First Team All-Pro vote. pic.twitter.com/Ljr8pKCPUq
— 🎙 (@LanceTHESPOKEN) January 14, 2022
The NFL dropping these right before the start of the postseason should mean any controversy only lasts about 24 hours.
Then all the focus shifts to watching some of the league’s top talents compete for a Super Bowl as the expanded postseason continues this year.