Three NFL players were unanimous All-Pro selections in 2006.
Two were named Player of the Year on offense and defense, respectively. The third was not.
Lamentably for the Broncos, the odd man out of the individual hardware was Champ Bailey, as fellow unanimous selections Jason Taylor and LaDainian Tomlinson toted home the individual hardware last week.
Ten interceptions, including two for scores, and coverage that rendered his side of the field as quiet as an empty stadium was evidently not sufficient for enough voters to give him the Defensive Player of the Year honors over Taylor, but was for him to receive all 50 votes as a first-team All-Pro.
“I could not think of a guy who means more to his team than this guy,” defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said of the eight-year veteran.
It marks the third consecutive year that Bailey has earned first-team All-Pro honors, and he is the only Bronco on the squad this year. Linebacker Al Wilson was voted to the second-team All-Pro squad, with Javon Walker and Jason Elam each receiving one All-Pro vote.
Denver has had at least one All-Pro in each of the last four seasons: Bailey from 2004-06, Wilson in 2005 and center Tom Nalen in 2003.
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