2008 All-Pro Team

The 2008 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League (NFL) players that were named to the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2008. These are the current teams that historically appear in Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the NFL. Although the NFL has no official awards, according to the NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the NFL Record and Fact Book has historically listed All-Pro teams from major news sources such as the Associated Press, Sporting News, Pro Football Writers Association, as well as teams from organizations that no longer release All-Pro teams such as Newspaper Enterprise Association and United Press International.[1]

The AP team is selected by a national panel of 50 media members, and it lists both first and second teams.[2][3] The Sporting News surveyes 664 players, coaches, and general managers to determine its All-Pro team.[4] The Pro Football Writers Association's All-NFL team results from the votes of over 300 members as well as from the editors and writers of Pro Football Weekly, who present the PFWA awards.[5]

Teams

Offense
PositionZ First team Second team
Quarterback Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (AP, PFWA)
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (SN)
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (AP-2)
Running back Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (AP, PFWA, SN)
Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons (AP, PFWA, SN)
Thomas Jones, New York Jets (PFWA)
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (AP-2)
Clinton Portis, Washington Redskins (AP-2)
Fullback[a] Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore Ravens (AP) Madison Hedgecock, New York Giants (AP-2)
Wide receiver Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (AP, PFWA, SN)
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (AP, PFWA, SN)
Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (AP-2)
Wes Welker, New England Patriots (AP-2)
Tight end Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs (AP, PFWA, SN) Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (AP-2)
Tackle Jordan Gross, Carolina Panthers (AP, PFWA, SN)
Michael Roos, Tennessee Titans (AP, PFWA, SN)
Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos (AP-2)
David Stewart, Tennessee Titans (AP-2t)
Walter Jones, Seattle Seahawks (AP-2t)
Jason Peters, Buffalo Bills (AP-2t)
David Diehl, New York Giants (AP-2t)
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns (AP-2t)
Guard Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota Vikings (AP, PFWA, SN)
Chris Snee, New York Giants (AP, PFWA, SN)
Kris Dielman, San Diego Chargers (AP-2)
Alan Faneca, New York Jets (AP-2)
Center Kevin Mawae, Tennessee Titans (AP, PFWA)
Shaun O'Hara, New York Giants (SN)
Shaun O'Hara, New York Giants (AP-2)
Special teams
Position First team Second team
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (AP, PFWA, SN) John Carney, New York Giants (AP-2)
Punter Shane Lechler, Oakland Raiders (AP, PFWA, SN) Donnie Jones, St. Louis Rams (AP-2)
Kick returner Leon Washington, New York Jets (AP)
Danieal Manning, Chicago Bears (PFWA)
Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo Bills (SN)
Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AP-2)
Punt returner[d] Johnnie Lee Higgins, Oakland Raiders (PFWA)
Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints (SN)
Special teams[e] Brendon Ayanbadejo, Baltimore Ravens (PFWA)
Defense
Position First team Second team
Defensive end Justin Tuck, New York Giants (AP, PFWA)
Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings (AP)
Mario Williams, Houston Texans (SN)
Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers (SN)
John Abraham, Atlanta Falcons (PFWA)
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts (PFWA)
Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers (AP-2)
John Abraham, Atlanta Falcons (AP-2)
Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee Titans (AP, PFWA, SN)
Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings (AP, PFWA)
Kris Jenkins, New York Jets (SN, PFWA)
Jeremiah Ratliff, Dallas Cowboys (PFWA)
Fred Robbins, New York Giants (SI)
Kris Jenkins, New York Jets (AP-2)
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens (AP-2)
Outside linebacker[b] DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys (AP, PFWA, SN)
James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP, PFWA, SN)
Joey Porter, Miami Dolphins (SN)
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens (AP-2)
Joey Porter, Miami Dolphins (AP-2)
Inside linebacker[b][c] Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (AP, PFWA)
Jon Beason, Carolina Panthers (AP)
Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers (AP-2)
James Farrior, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP-2)
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders (AP, PFWA, SN)
Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans (AP, PFWA, SN)
Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers (AP-2)
Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Vikings (AP-2)
Safety Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens (AP, PFWA, SN)
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP, PFWA, SN)
Adrian Wilson, Arizona Cardinals (AP-2)
Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia Eagles (AP-2t)
Nick Collins, Green Bay Packers (AP-2t)

Key / Notes

  • AP = Associated Press All-Pro team
  • AP-2 = Associated Press Second-team All-Pro
  • PFWA = Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL team
  • SN = The Sporting News All-Pro Team
a Only the AP designates fullbacks.
b The Sporting News groups all linebackers together, while the AP and PFWA have separate awards for outside and inside linebackers.
c The AP names two inside linebackers, while the Sporting News and PFWA name only one
d The AP does not designate a punt returner.
e Only PFWA designates a special teams player.

References

  1. ^ "Despite no MVP votes, Brees is the Offensive Player of the Year". Profootballtalk.com. January 6, 2009. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  2. ^ "2008 All-Pro Team Voting". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 9, 2009. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  3. ^ "Ravens safety Reed is only unanimous selection to All-Pro team". NFL.com. Associated Press. January 9, 2009. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Brown, Clifton (January 14, 2009). "SN's NFL All-Pro Team". SportingNews.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-18. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Edholm, Eric (January 13, 2009). "2008 PFW/PFWA awards: All-NFL team". ProFootballWeekly.com. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
2008 Green Bay Packers season

The 2008 Green Bay Packers season was the 90th season overall and 88th in the National Football League. They looked to continue success after posting a 13–3 record in 2007, but they failed to do so and finished the season with a losing 6–10 record. Until the 2017 season, this was the last season in which the Packers did not qualify for the playoffs.

2008 New England Patriots season

The 2008 New England Patriots season was the 39th season for the team in the National Football League and 49th season overall. The Patriots were defending AFC champions. Despite finishing the regular season with an 11–5 record, the Patriots did not qualify for the playoffs—becoming the first 11-win team since the expansion to a 12-team playoff in 1990 to not make the playoffs, as well as only the second team (after the 1985 Denver Broncos) since the NFL expanded to a 16-game regular season in 1978. This came just one year after finishing with the only 16–0 regular-season record in NFL history.

In the season opener, quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL's MVP in 2007, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against the Chiefs and missed the remainder of the season. Backup quarterback Matt Cassel replaced Brady. Cassel's led the team to a win in Week 2 against the New York Jets, his first start since high school. A loss the following week against the Miami Dolphins ended the Pats' record 21 game regular-season winning streak. This record was broken by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009.

Despite entering the last week of the season with a three-game winning streak, the Patriots found themselves not controlling their own destiny. In addition to a Week 17 win, they also needed either a Dolphins loss to win the AFC East, or a Baltimore Ravens loss to earn a wild card berth. However, both Baltimore and Miami won, and the Dolphins, Ravens and Patriots each finished the season with an 11–5 record. Miami qualified for the playoffs by winning the AFC East division over the Patriots on the fourth divisional tiebreaker (better conference record: 8–4 to 7–5). Baltimore qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team, defeating the Patriots on the second wild card tiebreaker (better conference record: 8–4 to 7–5). Because of this, the Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

As of the end of the 2018 season, this is the only season since 2002 that the Patriots failed to win their division or qualify for the playoffs.

Madison Hedgecock

Madison Smith Hedgecock (born August 27, 1981) is a former American football player who was a fullback in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played college football for the University of North Carolina. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. An All-Pro selection and a Pro Bowl alternate in 2008, Hedgecock earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha ( NAHM-dee AH-səm-wah; born July 6, 1981) is a Nigerian American actor, producer and former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. For many years he was considered one of the best shutdown corners in the NFL. In his 11-year career, he was voted All-Pro four times, including two times to the first team.

Asomugha received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Carl King in the film Crown Heights (2017). He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male and he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Variety named him one of the seven breakout performers of 2017.

Stephen Gostkowski

Stephen Carroll Gostkowski ( gost-KOW-skee; born January 28, 1984) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. One of just two kickers drafted, Gostkowski was the only rookie kicker to make an NFL roster that year. He has won three Super Bowls with the Patriots.

Gostkowski, who played both college football and baseball for the University of Memphis, is the most accurate kicker in Patriots history, and, as of the end of the 2018 season, the third-most accurate kicker in NFL history. He is also a consistent and prolific scorer: he is only the second player in NFL history to score 500 points in his first four seasons in the league, and the first to score 1,000 points in his first eight seasons in the league (despite missing half the 2010 season with a leg injury). Gostkowski also holds the record for highest average points per game scored over a career (8.75 points per game as of the end of the 2015 season), and is the first player since the AFL-NFL merger to lead the league in scoring in more than two consecutive seasons (2012–2015; he also led the league in scoring in 2008). In 2014, he became the Patriots' all-time leading scorer, surpassing Adam Vinatieri. As of 2016, he is also the Patriots' all-time leader in field goals, and holds the NFL record for consecutive extra points with 479 (523 including postseason).

Stewart Bradley

Stewart Harris Bradley (born November 2, 1983) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft and also played for the Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Nebraska.

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