Corbin Smith

Sherman, Thomas Earn 1st Team All-Pro Honors

Created on Jan. 03, 2014 1:35 PM EST

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas garnered 1st Team All-Pro honors on Friday, while safety Kam Chancellor received 2nd Team All-Pro recognition.

The Seahawks finished the regular season tied with the Denver Broncos for the best record in the NFL at 13-3 and clinched an NFC West title for the first time since 2009. Seattle's elite secondary, known as the "Legion of Boom," played an integral role in the team's success this season and the rest of the league clearly took notice. All three All-Pro inductees have had monster seasons for Seattle's defense and helped Pete Carroll's club lead the league in scoring defense and most major statistical categories.

Sherman led the league with eight interceptions in 2013 and now has hauled in 20 picks during his first three seasons with the Seahawks. He's quickly emerged as the league's premier shutdown corner, and he'll be looking for a major pay raise after his strongest season yet. Thomas racked up 105 tackles this season and had five interceptions of his own, putting together a dominant season that could lead to NFL Defensive Player of the Year consideration. He also forced two fumbles and his innate ability to quickly diagnose plays doesn't always show up in the box score.

Chancellor put together another stellar season, making 99 tackles and recording three interceptions. The 6'3 safety has made life difficult for some of the game's best tight ends this year, and his combination of size and skill allows for the Seahawks to often play a one deep safety look with Thomas. He's emerged as an enforcer in the back half of Seattle's defense and will remain a fixture in the secondary for years to come.

Several other Seahawks may have been All-Pro snubs, but this team has more pressing concerns than individual recognition. It won't matter who earned All-Pro honors if this group can bring Seattle its first Lombardi Trophy next month.
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