2012 All-Pro Team

There are three 2012 All-Pro Teams—one each named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News—for performance in the 2012 NFL season.[a] While none of these have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2013 Pro Bowl), they are included (separately) in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro."

The AP team, with first- and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of 50 NFL writers; the Sporting News selection process used a panel of 27 NFL coaches and executives, while the PFWA team is chosen by polling its 300+ members.


Position First team Second team
Quarterback Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (AP, PFWA)

Tom Brady, New England Patriots (SN)

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (AP-2)
Running back Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (AP, PFWA, SN)
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks (AP, PFWA)
Arian Foster, Houston Texans (SN)
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins, (AP-2);
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City, (AP-2);
Fullback Vonta Leach, Baltimore Ravens (AP) Jerome Felton, Minnesota Vikings, (AP-2)
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (AP, PFWA, SN)
Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (AP, PFWA, SN)
A. J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals, (AP-2);
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (AP-2)
Tight end Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons (AP)
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (PFWA)
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys, (SN)
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys, (AP-2)
Tackle Duane Brown, Houston Texans (AP, PFWA)
Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos (AP, PFWA, SN)
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns, (SN)
Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns,(AP-2)
Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers, AP-2);
Guard Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers (AP, PFWA, SN)
Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints (AP, SN)
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens (PFWA)
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens, (AP-2);
Logan Mankins, New England Patriots, (AP-2)
Center Max Unger, Seattle Seahawks (AP)
John Sullivan, Minnesota Vikings (PFWA)
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers, (SN)
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers, (AP-2)
Special teams
Position First team Second team
Kicker Blair Walsh, Minnesota (AP, PFWA)
Phil Dawson, Cleveland, (SN)
Phil Dawson, Cleveland, (AP-2)
Punter Andy Lee, San Francisco 49ers (AP, PFWA)
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans, (SN)
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans, (AP-2)
Kick returner Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens (AP, PFWA, SN) David Wilson, New York Giants, (AP-2)
Punt returner Leodis McKelvin, Buffalo (PFWA, SN)
Special teams Matthew Slater, New England Patriots (PFWA)
Position First team Second team
Defensive end J. J. Watt, Houston Texans (AP, PFWA, SN)
Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins (AP, PFWA, SN)
Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears, (AP-2)
Justin Smith, San Francisco (AP-2)
Defensive tackle Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals (AP, PFWA, SN)
Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots (AP, PFWA)
Justin Smith, San Francisco, (SN)
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PFWA)
Justin Smith, San Francisco, (AP-2)
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore, (AP-2t);
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions, (AP-2t)
Nick Fairley, Detroit Lions, (AP-2t)
Outside linebacker Von Miller, Denver Broncos (AP, PFWA, SN)
Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers (AP, PFWA, SN)
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas, (SN)
Chad Greenway, Minnesota, (AP-2);
Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco, (AP-2t);
Clay Matthews III, Green Bay, (AP-2t);
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas, (AP-2t)
Inside linebacker Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers (AP, PFWA)
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers (AP)
Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals, (AP-2)
London Fletcher, Washington, (AP-2)
Cornerback Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks (AP, PFWA, SN)
Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears (AP, PFWA, SN)
Tim Jennings, Chicago, (AP-2);
Champ Bailey, Denver, (AP-2)
Safety Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks (AP, PFWA, SN)
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers (AP)
Eric Weddle, San Diego, (PFWA)
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, (SN)
Eric Weddle, San Diego, (AP-2);
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, (AP-2)


  • AP = Associated Press All-Pro team
  • APt = Tied for First-team All-Pro in the AP vote
  • AP-2 = Associated Press Second-team All-Pro
  • AP-2t = Tied for Second-team All-Pro in the AP vote
  • AP = chose no separate punt returner'
  • AP = chose no separate special teams player

x-two voters selected only one running back. y-one voter did not select a fullback. z-one voter selected only one inside linebacker

  • PFWA = Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL team
  • SN = Sporting News All-Pro Team


  1. ^ The 2013 Pro Bowl represents the 2012 NFL season


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Daryl Washington

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Duane Brown

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Jacoby Jones

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Super Bowl XLVII

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