Receiver Harrison tops list of all-stars
Sunday, January 5, 2003
Marvin Harrison was the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team that featured a new look, with 13 first-time choices, including rookie Jeremy Shockey.
Veteran safety Rod Woodson made the team for the sixth time -- and at the third different position. Three of his Oakland Raiders teammates, quarterback Rich Gannon, the league's MVP, tackle Lincoln Kennedy and center Barret Robbins, were newcomers to the squad, chosen by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcaster who cover the NFL.
Also selected Saturday for the fourth straight year was Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp.
Harrison, the Indianapolis Colts' record-setting receiver, caught the attention of all 48 voters. He shattered the league mark for receptions this season with 143, 20 more than Herman Moore's previous standard. He had 10 100-yard games and his 1,722 yards were the fourth-highest single season total ever.
"I can't say it's better than the last few years," the reserved Harrison said. "Everything happens so fast, week in and week out, you don't really have time to think about that.
"When you sit back and evaluate it, you say 'Man, all these catches.' But I still look at the things I did wrong. I don't look at myself as some great receiver because I know I can get better."
"It's definitely an honor, but I think a lot of it goes back not only to the work I put into it, but the team," he said. The Colts were 10-6 and made the playoffs.
Joining Harrison at wideout was San Francisco's flamboyant Terrell Owens.
As is the energetic Shockey, a first-round pick out of the University of Miami who had a major impact on the New York Giants' offense. Shockey led NFL tight ends and all rookies with 74 receptions and 894 yards receiving.
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Quarterback -- Brett Favre, Green Bay.
Running Back -- Deuce McAllister, New Orleans.
Fullback -- Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay.
Wide Receivers -- Terrell Owens, San Francisco; Joe Horn, New Orleans.
Tight End -- Bubba Franks, Green Bay.
Tackles-- Walter Jones, Seattle; Tra Thomas, Philadelphia.
Guards-- Jermane Mayberry, Philadelphia; Ron Stone, San Francisco.
Center -- Olin Kreutz, Chicago.
Ends --Simeon Rice, Tampa Bay; Michael Strahan, N.Y. Giants.
Tackles -- Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay; La'Roi Glover, Dallas.
Inside Linebacker -- Brian Urlacher, Chicago.
Outside Linebackers-- LaVar Arrington, Washington; Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay.
Cornerbacks -- Champ Bailey, Washington; Troy Vincent, Philadelphia.
Strong Safety -- John Lynch, Tampa Bay.
Free Safety-- Darren Sharper, Green Bay.American Football Conference
Quarterback-- Rich Gannon, Oakland.
Running Back-- Priest Holmes, Kansas City.
Fullback -- Lorenzo Neal, Cincinnati.
Wide Receivers -- Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis; Jerry Rice, Oakland.
Tight End -- Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City.
Tackles -- Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore; Willie Roaf, Kansas City.
Guards-- Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh; Will Shields, Kansas City.
Center -- Kevin Mawae, N.Y. Jets.
Ends -- Trevor Pryce, Denver; Jason Taylor, Miami.
Tackles -- Richard Seymour, New England; Gary Walker, Houston.
Inside Linebacker -- Zach Thomas, Miami.
Outside Linebackers -- Joey Porter, Pittsburgh; Junior Seau, San Diego.
Cornerbacks -- Aaron Glenn, Houston; Patrick Surtain, Miami.
Strong Safety -- Lawyer Milloy, New England.
Free Safety-- Rod Woodson, Oakland.