It's no surprise that Peyton Manning and Dwight Freeney made their second consecutive All-Pro Team bid. In many ways, this honor exceeds the Pro Bowl. The third Colts to join Manning and Freeney is Dallas Clark. We applaud the voters for Associated Press for finally coming around to the truth we Colts fans have been trumpeting for years: Dallas Clark is the best tight end in football. Guys like Tony Gonzalez had inflated stats because they played on bad teams that featured ZERO options at wide receiver. Dallas Clark has played on teams featuring Marvin Harrison, Brandon Stokley, Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Marcus Pollard, Pierre Garcon, and others while still putting up impressive numbers.
Thanks for finally recognizing him.
For the Sporting News All-Rookie Team, it is gratifying to see three more Colts make the grade. The under-appreciated Austin Collie made the team ahead of Mike Wallace of the Steelers, much to the annoyance for Steelers fans. However, Collie is, quite simply, better than Wallace. Collie was tied for the rookie lead in catches (60) and lead all rookies with 7 receiving TDs.
So, again, Austin Collie is a better receiver than Mike Wallace, and that is why Collie is on the team.
Joining Collie on the all-rookie team are Pat McAfee and Jacob Lacey. While I completely understand why McAfee is there, Lacey is a bit of a head-scratcher. Oh sure, he's played very well this year, but I'd have thought Jerraud Powers deserved deserved it more than Lacey. But, to be honest, it's nice to see at least one of them there. Both have played very well.