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NFL All-Pro Team 2012: Joe Thomas' Three-Year Streak Comes to an End

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The Associated Press' NFL All-Pro Team for the 2012 season was unveiled today. While two members of the Cleveland Browns were recognized, nobody on the team was named a first-team All-Pro. That means that left tackle Joe Thomas' three-year streak (2009, 2010, 2011) of being one of the two first-team All-Pro players came to an end. Thomas, along with kicker Phil Dawson, were named second-team All-Pro players.

Here is how the voting broke down at offensive tackle and kicker:

Offensive Tackle

  1. Duane Brown, Houston Texans - 29 votes, first-teamer
  2. Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos - 19 votes, first-teamer
  3. Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns - 17 votes, second-teamer
  4. Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers - 11 votes, second-teamer

If there had not been a bunch of obscure votes (i.e. the Vikings' Matt Kalil getting one vote), then maybe Thomas would have made it over Clady. It was a tight race between those two.


  1. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings - 42 votes, first-teamer
  2. Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns - 4 votes, second-teamer

Walsh and Dawson both had tremendous seasons. I'm glad Dawson at least made it to one of the two teams; Sebastian Janikowski was just one spot behind him with three votes. Dawson was also a second-team All-Pro back in 2007.

The only other members of the Browns who received votes at their positions were safety T.J. Ward (2 votes) and kick returner Joshua Cribbs (1 vote).