AP All-Pro First Team Includes Aaron Rodgers; Drew Brees On Second Team

The Associated Press has released their All-Pro team and it's Aaron Rodgers who gets the nod over Drew Brees on the first team.

The Associated Press released their annual All-Pro NFL team on Friday and it's Aaron Rodgers who gets the nod over Drew Brees as the first team quarterback. Rodgers and Brees were the top two quarterbacks in the league this season (with a nod to Tom Brady) and each had a strong case for first team. In the end, it's Rodgers on the first team and Brees on the second team.

Maurice Jones-Drew and LeSean McCoy are the first team running backs while a pair of New England Patriots players -- Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker -- also landed on the list.

Jason Peters had a terrific year with the Eagles and he was rewarded with a nod at first team offensive tackle along with Joe Thomas. Maurkice Pouncey, who will miss the Steelers Wild Card matchup, was the center.

David Akers, the 49ers kicker who broke the single-season scoring record, was an obvious choice for kicker, as was Patrick Peterson as a return man.

Defensively, Jared Allen and Jason Pierre-Paul were the first team defensive ends. Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs, both Baltimore Ravens, were on the first team. Charles Woodson continues to amaze and his season with the Packers earned him a spot as well.

The 49ers were represented well with two linebackers on the first team -- Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman -- and one defensive tackle, Justin Smith.

Here's the entire first team AP All-Pro roster:

OFFENSE

Quarterback - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay.

Running Backs - Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville; LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia.

Fullback - Vonta Leach, Baltimore.

Tight End - Rob Gronkowski, New England.

Wide Receivers - Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Wes Welker, New England.

Tackles - Jason Peters, Philadelphia; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.

Guards - Carl Nicks, New Orleans; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.

Center - Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.

Placekicker - David Akers, San Francisco.

Kick Returner - Patrick Peterson, Arizona.

DEFENSE

Ends - Jared Allen, Minnesota; Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants.

Tackles - Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; Justin Smith, San Francisco.

Outside Linebackers - Terrell Suggs, Baltimore; DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.

Inside Linebacker - Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco, and Derrick Johnson, Kansas City.

Cornerbacks - Charles Woodson, Green Bay; Darrelle Revis, New York Jets.

Safeties - Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh; Eric Weddle, San Diego.

Punter - Andy Lee, San Francisco.

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