Calvin Johnson named to PFW/PFWA All-NFL team

Posted by ttwentyman on January 10, 2013 – 5:18 pm

Pro Football Weekly, along with the Professional Football Writers of America have released their annual All-NFL team and surprise, surprise, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson made the cut.

It no surprise, really. Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s 17-year old record for most receiving yards in a season this year, finishing with 1,964. Johnson also led the NFL in receptions (122) and 100-yard games (11).

Below, you’ll find the entire team, which was voted on by PFWA members and Pro Football Weekly editors.

I agree with most of list, except maybe for the MVP award.

I think Peyton Manning deserves the MVP. The Broncos are legitimate Super Bowl contenders because of Manning. What Adrian Peterson did getting the Vikings to the playoffs was incredible, but Manning took the Broncos to a whole other level. They’ve become elite.

Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America 2012 All-NFL Team:


QB Peyton Manning / Broncos

RB Adrian Peterson / Vikings

RB Marshawn Lynch / Seahawks

WR Calvin Johnson / Lions

WR Brandon Marshall / Bears

TE Rob Gronkowski / Patriots

C John Sullivan / Vikings

OG Mike Iupati / 49ers

OG Marshal Yanda / Ravens

OT Duane Brown / Texans

OT Ryan Clady / Broncos


DE J.J. Watt / Texans

DE Cameron Wake / Dolphins

DT Geno Atkins / Bengals

DT Vince Wilfork / Patriots

OLB Von Miller / Broncos

OLB Aldon Smith / 49ers

MLB Patrick Willis / 49ers

CB Richard Sherman / Seahawks

CB Charles Tillman / Bears

S Earl Thomas / Seahawks

S Eric Weddle / Chargers


PK Blair Walsh / Vikings

P Andy Lee / 49ers

KR Jacoby Jones / Ravens

PR Leodis McKelvin / Bills

ST Matthew Slater / Patriots


MVP/Offensive MVP — Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

Defensive MVP— Texans DE J.J. Watt

Coach of the Year — Colts offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians

Comeback Player of the Year — Adrian Peterson

Rookie of the Year/Offensive Rookie — Redskins QB Robert Griffin III

Defensive Rookie of the Year — Panthers LB Luke Kuechly

Most Improved Player — Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

Executive of the Year — Colts GM Ryan Grigson

Assistant Coach of the Year — Bruce Arians

Golden Toe (Best Placekicker or Punter)  — Vikings PK Blair Walsh

Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America 2012 All-Rookie Team:


QB Robert Griffin III / Redskins

RB Alfred Morris / Redskins

RB Doug Martin / Buccaneers

WR T.Y. Hilton / Colts

WR Justin Blackmon / Jaguars

TE Dwayne Allen / Colts


OG Kevin Zeitler / Bengals

OG Amini Silatolu / Panthers

OT Matt Kalil / Vikings

OT Mitchell Schwartz / Browns


DL Fletcher Cox / Eagles

DL Chandler Jones / Patriots

DL Bruce Irvin / Seahawks

DL Michael Brockers / Rams

LB Bobby Wagner / Seahawks

LB Luke Kuechly / Panthers

LB Lavonte David / Buccaneers

CB Casey Hayward / Packers

CB Janoris Jenkins / Rams

S Harrison Smith / Vikings

S Mark Barron / Buccaneers


PK Blair Walsh / Vikings

P Bryan Anger / Jaguars

KR David Wilson / Giants

PR T.Y. Hilton / Colts

ST Johnson Bademosi / Browns

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Calvin Johnson’s record-breaking year in photos: Week 1 vs. St. Louis

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 10, 2013 – 4:32 pm

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson began the season with his first of 11 100-plus-yard games.

In a 27-23 comeback win over the St. Louis Rams, Johnson had six catches for 111 yards, including receptions of 51, 20 and 18.

This game marked the first of six times he was tackled inside the 2-yard line. He was brought down at the one on a 10-yard pass in the second quarter; Joique Bell scored two plays later.

Despite coming away without a touchdown, Johnson’s 20- and 18-yard catches came on the offense’s game-winning drive, which was capped off by a 5-yard touchdown by Kevin Smith with 10 seconds remaining.


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