- Travis Kelce and Aaron Donald were unanimous choices for the 2020 AP NFL All-Pro team.
- Kelce’s 1,416 receiving yards this season are the most ever by a TE during a single season.
- Donald is second in the odds board to win the 2020 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award at +230.
Aaron Donald, Travis Kelce Lead 2020 AP NFL All-Pro Selection
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald led the 2020 AP NFL All-Pro Selection which was revealed on Friday. Kelce and Donald were unanimous choices, meaning both players got votes from all 50 panel members.
BREAKING: Aaron Donald, Travis Kelce are unanimous picks for AP’s NFL All-Pro Team; Aaron Rodgers is top quarterback. The full squad: https://t.co/rUHx429yZX
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) January 8, 2021
The 29-year old Donald was the Rams’ 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and he has been named to the All-Pro selection in each of the last six seasons. He is only the 13th player in the history of the NFL to be named to six All-Pro teams before turning 30.
The 2017 and 2018 back to back Defensive Player of the Year winner continues to be a defensive force in the league. This season, he recorded 13.5 sacks, his fourth season in double-digits. He also recorded 44 tackles, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one pass breakup.
With those numbers, Donald has a shot at winning a third DPOY award, although as of the latest Bovada odds, he trails Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt at +230 to -200. Watts, who received 47 votes in the All-Pro team, led the NFL with 15 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and one interception.
King of KC
[email protected] TE Travis Kelce (@tkelce) leads all TEs with 105 receptions and has 1,416 receiving yards, the most by a TE in a single season in @NFL history.
With 6 catches on Sunday, he will surpass Jason Witten (110 in 2012) for the 2nd-most catches by a TE in a single season. pic.twitter.com/dNpONhthAy
— NFL345 (@NFL345) January 2, 2021
Kelce led all NFL tight ends with 105 catches and 1,416 receiving yards, the latter being the most ever by a tight end in a single NFL season. With this season’s production, Kelce is the only TE in NFL history to have multiple seasons with 1,300 receiving yards and also the only TE to have 1,000 receiving yards in five seasons, doing so in each of the last five years.
The 31-year old Kelce was Kansas City’s 63rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and he is making his third First Team All-Pro selection. Although he isn’t a wide receiver, Kelce ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards, 5th in catches, and tied for fifth with 11 touchdown grabs.
While the MVP has become a race among quarterbacks, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year has been a toss-up between running backs and wide receivers. However, this season, Kelce has a real shot at winning the award. Although he faces stiff competition from Titans’ RB Derrick Henry and Saints’ RB Alvin Kamara, Kelce could become the first TE to win the award since its inception in 1972.
2020 NFL MVP?
Is A-Rod the MVP? [email protected] | @packers pic.twitter.com/fNrwTR2uno
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 4, 2021
With a spectacular 48:5 TD:INT ratio, Rodgers posted the second-highest passer rating in the history of the NFL at 121.5. The only player with a better passer rating was Rodgers himself in 2011 with 122.5.
The 37-year old A-Rod got 46 of 50 media votes to earn his first All-Pro selection since 2014. With each of the last seven All-Pro QBs also won the MVP award during the season, there’s a good chance that Rodgers has sealed the award. If he does indeed go on to win MVP honors, Rodgers will join Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Jim Brown, Brett Favre, and Johnny Unitas as three-time league MVPs.