1983 All-Pro Team

The 1983 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly, and The Sporting News in 1983. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The NEA chose two inside linebackers for the first time, as a reflection of the 3-4 which was the common alignment for NFL defenses in the mid-1980s.

Teams

Offense
Position First team Second team
Quarterback Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN) Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers (NEA-2)
Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins (AP-2)
Running back Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
John Riggins, Washington Redskins (AP, PFWA, PFW)
William Andrews, Atlanta Falcons (NEA, TSN)
Curt Warner, Seattle Seahawks (AP-2)
Tony Dorsett, Dallas Cowboys (AP-2)
Walter Payton, Chicago Bears (NEA-2)
John Riggins, Washington Redskins (NEA-2)
Wide receiver Roy Green, St. Louis Cardinals (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Mike Quick, Philadelphia Eagles (AP, NEA, PFW)
James Lofton, Green Bay Packers (PFWA)
Steve Largent, Seattle Seahawks (TSN)
Cris Collinsworth, Cincinnati Bengals (AP-2, NEA-2)
James Lofton, Green Bay Packers (AP-2, NEA-2)
Tight end Todd Christensen, Los Angeles Raiders (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN) Ozzie Newsome, Cleveland Browns (AP-2, NEA-2)
Tackle Joe Jacoby, Washington Redskins (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Anthony Munoz, Cincinnati Bengals (AP, PFWA)
Keith Fahnhorst, San Francisco 49ers (NEA)
Mike Kenn, Atlanta Falcons (PFW)
Eric Laakso, Miami Dolphins (TSN)
Jackie Slater, Los Angeles Rams (AP-2, NEA-2)
Cody Risien, Cleveland Browns (NEA-2)
Mike Kenn, Atlanta Falcons (AP-2)
Guard John Hannah, New England Patriots (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Russ Grimm, Washington Redskins (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW)
Kent Hill, Los Angeles Rams (TSN)
Ed Newman, Miami Dolphins (AP-2, NEA-2)
Joe DeLamielleure, Cleveland Browns (AP-2)
Mike Munchak, Houston Oilers (NEA-2)
Center Dwight Stephenson, Miami Dolphins (NEA, PFWA, PFW)
Mike Webster, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP, TSN)
Larry McCarren, Green Bay Packers (NEA-2)
Dwight Stephenson, Miami Dolphins (AP-2)
Special teams
Position First team Second team
Kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh, New York Giants (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN) Gary Anderson, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP-2)
Raul Allegre, Baltimore Colts (NEA-2)
Punter Rich Camarillo, New England Patriots (NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Rohn Stark, Baltimore Colts (AP)
Rich Camarillo, New England Patriots (AP-2)
Rohn Stark, Baltimore Colts (NEA-2)
Kick returner Fulton Walker, Miami Dolphins (PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Mike Nelms, Washington Redskins (AP)
Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Atlanta Falcons (AP-2)
Punt returner Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Atlanta Falcons (PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Defense
Position First team Second team
Defensive end Doug Betters, Miami Dolphins (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Howie Long, Los Angeles Raiders (NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Mark Gastineau, New York Jets (AP)
Ed Jones, Dallas Cowboys (AP-2, NEA-2)
Jacob Green, Seattle Seahawks (NEA-2)
Howie Long, Los Angeles Raiders (AP-2)
Defensive tackle Randy White, Dallas Cowboys (AP, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Dave Butz, Washington Redskins (AP, NEA, PFW, TSN)
Doug English, Detroit Lions (PFWA)
Fred Smerlas, Buffalo Bills (NEA)
Bob Baumhower, Miami Dolphins (AP-NT)
Joe Klecko, New York Jets (AP-2)
Doug English, Detroit Lions (AP-2, NEA-2)
Fred Smerlas, Buffalo Bills (AP-2-NT)
Randy White, Dallas Cowboys (NEA-2)
Middle linebacker Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Mike Singletary, Chicago Bears (NEA, PFW)
Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants (TSN-ILB)
Randy Gradishar, Denver Broncos (AP-2)
Jerry Robinson, Philadelphia Eagles (NEA-2)
Tom Cousineau, Cleveland Browns (NEA-2)
Outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW)
Chip Banks, Cleveland Browns (AP, PFWA, PFW)
Rod Martin, Oakland Raiders (NEA, TSN)
Hugh Green, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TSN)
Rod Martin, Oakland Raiders (AP-2)
Hugh Green, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AP-2, NEA-2)
Chip Banks, Cleveland Browns (NEA-2)
Cornerback Ken Riley, Cincinnati Bengals (AP, PFW, TSN)
Gary Green, Kansas City Chiefs (NEA, PFWA)
Lester Hayes, Los Angeles Raiders (PFW)
Everson Walls, Dallas Cowboys (AP)
Louis Wright, Denver Broncos (NEA)
Ronnie Lott, San Francisco 49ers (PFWA)
Raymond Clayborn, New England Patriots (TSN)
Mark Haynes, New York Giants (AP-2)
Johnnie Poe, New Orleans Saints (NEA-2)
Lester Hayes, Los Angeles Raiders (AP-2, NEA-2)
Safety Kenny Easley, Seattle Seahawks (AP, NEA, PFWA, PFW)
Mark Murphy, Washington Redskins (AP, PFWA, PFW, TSN)
Johnnie Johnson, Los Angeles Rams (NEA)
Steve Freeman, Buffalo Bills (TSN)
Vann McElroy, Los Angeles Raiders (AP-2)
Deron Cherry, Kansas City Chiefs (AP-2)
Nolan Cromwell, Los Angeles Rams (NEA-2)
Mark Murphy, Washington Redskins (NEA-2)

Key

AP = Associated Press All-Pro team; AP-2 Associated Press Second-team All-Pro; PFWA = Pro Football Writers Association All-Pro team; NEA = Newspaper Enterprise Association All-Pro team.; NEA-2 Newspaper Enterprise Association Second-team All-Pro ; PFW = Pro Football Weekly All-Pro team; TSN = The Sporting News All-Pro team; t = players tied in selection

References

Khalil Mack

Khalil Delshon Mack (born February 22, 1991) is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Buffalo, and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders fifth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Mack holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles and is also tied for career tackles for loss in the NCAA. In 2015, he became just the second first-team All-Pro in NFL history to be selected by the Associated Press for two positions (defensive end and outside linebacker) in the same season, joining Lawrence Taylor, who did so in 1983. In September 2018, Mack was traded by Jon Gruden to the Bears for two first round draft picks and signed a six-year, $141 million extension, becoming the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. Mack is widely recognized as one of the most dominant defensive players currently playing in the NFL.

Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959), nicknamed "L.T.", is a former American football player. Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York Giants (1981–1993) in the National Football League (NFL). He is considered one of the greatest players in the history of American football, and has been ranked as the greatest defensive player in league history by former players, coaches, media members, and news outlets such as the NFL Network and Sporting News.After an All-American career at the University of North Carolina (UNC) (1978–1981), Taylor was drafted by the Giants as the second overall selection in the 1981 NFL Draft. Although controversy surrounded the selection due to Taylor's contract demands, the two sides quickly resolved the issue. Taylor won several defensive awards after his rookie season. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Taylor was a disruptive force at outside linebacker, and is credited with changing the pass rushing schemes, offensive line play, and offensive formations used in the NFL. Taylor produced double-digit sacks each season from 1984 through 1990, including a career-high of 20.5 in 1986. He also won a record three AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his performance during the 1986 season. Taylor is one of only two defensive players in the history of the NFL to have ever won the NFL MVP award (the other one being Alan Page in 1971) and no defensive player has won since him. He was named First-team All-Pro in each of his first nine seasons, including the 1983 season when he became the first player in NFL History selected First Team All-Pro at two positions as an outside linebacker and inside linebacker. Taylor was a key member of the Giants' defense, nicknamed "The Big Blue Wrecking Crew", that led New York to victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. During the 1980s, Taylor, fellow linebackers Carl Banks, Gary Reasons, Brad Van Pelt, Brian Kelley, Pepper Johnson, and Hall of Famer Harry Carson gave the Giants linebacking corps a reputation as one of the best in the NFL.

Taylor has lived a controversial lifestyle, during and after his playing career. He admitted to using drugs such as cocaine as early as his second year in the NFL, and was suspended several times by the league for failing drug tests. His drug abuse escalated after his retirement, and he was jailed three times for attempted drug possession. He went to jail for doing crack cocaine From 1998 to 2009, Taylor lived a sober, drug-free life. He worked as a color commentator on sporting events after his retirement, and pursued a career as an actor. His personal life came under public scrutiny in 2011 when he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct involving a 16-year-old girl. After Taylor was put on trial, he was registered as a low-risk sex offender.

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