Akers and Dawkins named to NFL All Decade Team

BY PHIL ANDREWS, Senior Writer

Given the average career span of today’s NFL player, being named to the leagues all decade team is as much an honor as it is a testament to survival. Let’s face it, the American game of football is one of the most violent sports on the face of the Earth.

With all due respect to my Rugby and Aussie Rules football playing friends, the dynamics are just a bit different, but yes, your sport is pretty violent too.

Now, with that disclaimer aside, we move on.  The NFL All-Decade teams are selected every 10 years by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee. This selection will be the ninth of its kind in league history.

This decade’s 53-player team will be comprised of two quarterbacks, four running backs, one fullback, four wide receivers, two tight ends, four offensive tackles, four guards, two centers, four defensive tackles, four defensive ends, six linebackers, four cornerbacks, four safeties, two kickers, two punters, two kick returners and two punt returners.  Two head coaches have also been chosen.

The entire team will be announced prior to this Sundays Pro Bowl on a special edition of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown (5:30 p.m. ET).

12 participants of Sundays Pro Bowl are members of the all decade team and those players include the following:

TE Antonio Gates 6 SD 2005-10
G Alan Faneca 9 Pit. 2002-08; NYJ 2009-10
G Steve Hutchinson 7 Sea. 2004-06; Min. 2007-10
C Kevin Mawae 8 NYJ 2000-05; Ten. 2009-10
DE Julius Peppers 5 Car. 2005-07, 2009-10
LB Ray Lewis 10 Bal. 1998-2002, 2004-05, 2008-10
LB DeMarcus Ware 4 Dal. 2007-10
CB Champ Bailey 9 Was. 2001-04; Den. 2005-08, 2010
S Brian Dawkins 8 Phi. 2000, 2002-03, 2005-07, 2009; Den. 2010
P Shane Lechler 4 Oak. 2002, 2005, 2008-10
K David Akers 4 Phi. 2002-03, 2005, 2010
KR Joshua Cribbs 2 Cle. 2008, 201

As far as his selection to the All Decade team, Akers had this to say: “A lot of it goes to the consistency of the team, and of the team having confidence in me, from Mr. Lurie and Andy Reid on down. It keeps your confidence up. I have worked extremely hard over the years and I will continue to do so. I would like to play many more years with the Eagles. That would be a great, great thing.”

“This is a tremendous honor for me to be recognized as one of the best out of all the safeties who have played in the NFL this decade,” says Denver safety Brian Dawkins, who was selected to his eighth career Pro Bowl and is one of the four All-Decade safeties.  “To know I’ve been able to do the things I’ve been able to do, with the help of my teammates, to earn a spot on the league’s All-Decade Team means a lot.”

You can also add Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and safety Darren Sharper of the Saints. All three players were Pro Bowl selections but will opt out of the all star classic to continue preparations for the Super Bowl.

I’m not crazy about Josua Cribbs as the all Decade kick returner given the fact at he only has two pro bowls to his resume, but I’ll leave it to you try and change my mind. I prefer former Chief Dante Hall or  former Redskin/Eagle/Giant Brian Mitchell.


Note: Akers quotes courtesy Philadelphia Eagles. Dawkins quote courtesy Denver Broncos


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