The Associated Press introduced its 2021 All-Pros on Friday, and the Colts had three gamers earn First-Team honors:
Jonathan Taylor was a unanimous First-Team AP All-Pros after main the NFL in nearly each speeding class – and it wasn’t significantly shut.
Taylor’s league-leading 1,811 speeding yards have been 552 greater than gained by the Browns’ Nick Chubb, who completed second within the NFL in speeding. Taylor’s 18 speeding touchdowns have been three greater than the 2 gamers with the second-most in 2021.
And on the age of twenty-two, Taylor turned the youngest participant in NFL historical past with at the least 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 20 complete touchdowns in a single season.
Taylor’s 20 complete touchdowns have been tied for the league lead, and likewise equaled the Colts’ franchise report set by Hall of Famer Lenny Moore in 1964. Taylor set new franchise information in 2021 for speeding yards, speeding yards per carry (5.5) and speeding touchdowns.
Taylor is the primary Colts operating again since Edgerrin James in 1999 to be named a First-Team AP All-Pro. He was one in every of 5 gamers to be unanimously chosen as 2021 First-Team All-Pros, becoming a member of Packers broad receiver Davante Adams, Rams broad receiver Cooper Kupp, Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt and Rams defensive deal with Aaron Donald.
Darius Leonard led the Colts’ ballhawking protection with eight pressured fumbles, 4 interceptions and three fumble recoveries together with 122 tackles, 4 go break-ups and three tackles for a loss. Leonard led the league with these eight pressured fumbles and have become the one participant in NFL historical past to have eight or extra pressured fumbles and 4 or extra interceptions in a single season.
Leonard, too, is the one participant in NFL historical past with 10 or extra interceptions, 15 or extra sacks and 15 or extra pressured fumbles within the first 5 years of a profession. Leonard, in fact, simply wrapped up solely his fourth season within the NFL.
With 538 tackles, Leonard will enter Year 5 tied with Robert Mathis for the eighth-most tackles in Colts historical past. Leonard joins teammate Quenton Nelson and Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jim Parker as the one gamers in franchise historical past to earn First-Team All-Pro honors in three of his first 4 seasons.
Luke Rhodes earned the primary Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro nods of his six-year profession, spent all with the Colts. Rhodes appeared in 16 of 17 video games for the Colts in 2021 and was key in protecting the staff’s kicking sport on monitor after Rodrigo Blankenship was positioned on injured reserve and changed with Michael Badgley in Week 6. Rhodes was a Second-Team All-Pro in 2020 and was the primary Colts lengthy snapper
Left guard Quenton Nelson and particular groups ace Ashton Dulin earned Second-Team AP All-Pro honors whereas heart Ryan Kelly, defensive deal with DeForest Buckner, particular teamer Matthew Adams and particular teamer E.J. Speed all acquired All-Pro votes.
Of observe, no operating again earned second-team AP All-Pro honors as a result of each single vote went to Taylor.
The up to date record of First-Team AP All-Pros in Colts historical past:
- Alan Ameche (1955)
- Raymond Berry (1958-1960)
- Cary Blanchard (1996)
- Bobby Boyd (1964, 1965, 1968)
- DeForest Buckner (2020)
- Dallas Clark (2009)
- Mike Curtis (1968, 1969)
- Milt Davis (1957)
- Eric Dickerson (1987, 1988)
- Art Donovan (1954-1957)
- John Dutton (1976)
- Dwight Freeney (2004, 2005, 2009)
- Chris Gardocki (1996)
- Marvin Harrison (1999, 2002, 2006)
- Ted Hendricks (1971)
- Edgerrin James (1999)
- Bert Jones (1976)
- Tom Keane (1953)
- George Kunz (1975)
- Darius Leonard (2018, 2020, 2021)
- Gene Lipscomb (1958, 1959)
- John Mackey (1966-1968)
- Peyton Manning (2003-2005, 2008, 2009)
- Gino Marchetti (1957-1962, 1964)
- Robert Mathis (2013)
- Tom Matte (1969)
- Pat McAfee (2014)
- Lenny Moore (1958-1961, 1964)
- Earl Morrall (1968)
- Andy Nelson (1959)
- Quenton Nelson (2018-2020)
- George Odum (2020)
- Jimmy Orr (1965)
- Jim Parker (1958-1965)
- Luke Rhodes (2021)
- Willie Richardson (1967)
- Bob Sanders (2005, 2007)
- Jeff Saturday (2005, 2007)
- Bubba Smith (1971)
- Rohn Stark (1983)
- Jonathan Taylor (2021)
- Johnny Unitas (1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967)
- Mike Vanderjagt (2003)
- Adam Vinatieri (2014)
- Bob Vogel (1969)
- Rick Volk (1971)
- Reggie Wayne (2010)