Rams' Quinn, Hekker named First-Team NFL All-Pros

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by FootballStL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 5:21 PM

NEW YORK – Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and punter Johnny Hekker were named to the 2013 First-Team All Pro Team on Friday, the first Rams to be first-teamers in 10 years.

Quinn led the NFC with 19 sacks this season, finishing second in the NFL only to Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis. It was the most sacks by a Rams since it became an official statistic in 1982.  He also forced seven fumbles and led the team with 18 tackles for loss.

Hekker set a new NFL single-season record after averaging 44.2 net yards per punt, breaking Andy Lee’s 2011 record of 44. Opponents averaged only 2.6 yards per return against Hekker, the lowest in the NFL. He also placed 19 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Quinn and Hekker are the first Rams to make First-Team NFL All-Pro since Leonard Little, Torry Holt and Orlando Pace earned the honors in 2003.

Here is the complete list, as selected by the Associated Press.

OFFENSE

Quarterback—Peyton Manning, Denver.

Running Backs—LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City.

Fullback—Mike Tolbert, Carolina.

Tight End—Jimmy Graham, New Orleans.

Wide Receivers—Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland.

Tackles—Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia.

Guards—Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia.

Center—Ryan Kalil, Carolina.

Placekicker—Justin Tucker, Baltimore.

Kick Returner—Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota.

DEFENSE

Ends—J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis.

Tackles—Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit.

Outside Linebackers—Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay.

Inside Linebacker—Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco.

Cornerbacks—Richard Sherman, Seattle; Patrick Peterson, Arizona.

Safeties—Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Berry, Kansas City.

Punter—Johnny Hekker, St. Louis.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback—None.

Running Backs—Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay.

Fullback—Marcel Reece, Oakland.

Tight End—Vernon Davis, San Francisco.

Wide Receivers—A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Demaryius Thomas, Denver, and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh.

Tackles—Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Staley, San Francisco.

Guards—Jahri Evans, New Orleans; Logan Mankins, New England, and Josh Sitton, Green Bay.

Center—Alex Mack, Cleveland.

Placekicker—Matt Prater, Denver.

Kick Returner—Dexter McCluster, Kansas City.

DEFENSE

Ends—Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina.

Tackles—Dontari Poe, Kansas City; Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, Jurrell Casey, Tennessee, and Justin Smith, San Francisco.

Outside Linebackers—Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco.

Inside Linebackers—Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati; Karlos Dansby, Arizona.

Cornerbacks—Aqib Talib, New England; Joe Haden, Cleveland, and Alterraun Verner, Tennessee.

Safeties—Eric Weddle, San Diego; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, T.J. Ward, Cleveland, Devin McCourty, New England, and Antrel Rolle, New York Giants.

Punter—Brandon Fields, Miami.

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