NFL News of January 5, 2003

Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey was the only rookie named to the Associated Press N.F.L. All-Pro team yesterday. Marvin Harrison was the only unanimous selection to the team, which featured 13 first-time choices.

The veteran safety Rod Woodson made the team for the sixth time—and at the third position, having previously made it as a kick returner and as a cornerback.

Three of his Oakland Raiders teammates, quarterback Rich Gannon, offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy and center Barret Robbins, were newcomers to the squad, chosen by a nationwide panel of reporters and broadcasters who cover the N.F.L.

Shockey led tight ends and all rookies with 74 catches and 894 yards receiving and scored twice.

Miami also had four players on the team: running back Ricky Williams, defensive end Jason Taylor, linebacker Zach Thomas and cornerback Patrick Surtain. Tampa Bay had three, defensive tackle Warren Sapp (for the fourth straight year), defensive end Simeon Rice and linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Repeaters from the 2001 team were Priest Holmes, San Francisco receiver Terrell Owens, Pittsburgh guard Alan Faneca, Sapp, Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher, Philadelphia safety Brian Dawkins and Carolina punter Todd Sauerbrun.

— The New York Times “Shockey Is Lone Rookie On the All-Pro Team”

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