In a vote conducted of 50 NFL media members and announced Saturday morning, New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans has been named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team. He finished second to the San Francisco 49ers' Mike Iupati in the voting at guard.
The news came via news releases all over the internets, and I came across it on the nola.com.
Evans' 2012 performance was one of the highlights of an otherwise up and down, or even dismal season for the Saints. In December, he earned his fourth straight pro bowl berth, and this makes it a matching fourth straight appearance on the AP All-Pro team, as well.
Evans took over a starting spot at guard on the Sants offensive line after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, and has started 111 consecutive games since then. Here's hoping he's got at least 111 more in him!
Saints punter Thomas Morstead, who also enjoyed a strong season, made the second team. He finished behind Andy Lee of the 49ers. (Curses!! Foiled again by those dadgum Niners.)
Here's some initial reaction from the Twitterverse:
Congrats to OG Jahri Evans (
@J_7TRE_E), who today became the first Saint to be named first-team All-Pro in three consecutive seasons.
No one to blame but himself. RT
@JeffDuncanTP: Congrats to OG Jahri Evans, 1st Saint to be named 1st-team All-Pro in 3 consecutive seasons.
The AP jobbed Morstead out of a first-team all pro selection. Nonsense.
PFF, who grades performances on a weekly basis, put Morstead on their all-pro team. Andy Lee didn't even make PFF's second team.
(HansDat note: I sourced Reid's statement about Morstead here, found it to be correct, and also discovered that Jahri made neither the first nor second team All Pro for Pro Football Focus.)
Regardless, I offer congratulations to Jahri and Thomas, from all your fans here at Canal Street Chronicles!