Earlier Friday it was announced that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown earned first-team All-Pro honors for a second year in a row, but just like last year, he wasn’t a unanimous selection.
Brown, who recorded 136 catches for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season, received 49 votes from a national panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters. What a joke.
Last year, Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report admitted that he was lone panel member not to vote for Brown. He claimed that he had to flip a coin to decide between Brown, Dez Bryant and Jordy Nelson for his two wide receiver All-Pro votes. Brown obviously lost out on that flip.
While we don’t yet know who the responsible person was this year that failed to vote for Brown, it won’t be surprising to learn it was Pompei once again. Regardless of who that lone voter was, it’s unfathomable to think that he or she has any legitimate reason to exclude Brown, who was able to post his eye-popping stats this season without having starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a quarter of the season due to a knee injury.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson were the only two unanimous All-Pro selections this year. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was the other All-Pro first-team wide receiver.
UPDATE: Paul Domowich of the Philly Daily News was the person who failed to vote for Brown.