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Brown, DeCastro named AP All-Pro

Posted Jan 8, 2016

WR Antonio Brown and G David DeCastro are first-team Associated Press All-Pro selections.

The honors keep coming for Steelers players, and the latest one going to receiver Antonio Brown and guard David DeCastro is one of the top honors a player can receive. Brown and DeCastro were both named to Associated Press All-Pro Team, with both of them as first-team selections.

Brown, who was also named AP All-Pro in 2014, finished the regular season as the NFL’s leading receiver with a career-high 1,834 yards and tied for first in the NFL with a career-high 136 receptions. He became the first player in Steelers’ history with back-to-back seasons with at least 1,700 yards from scrimmage and led the NFL with 2,074 combined yards (including rushing, receiving and returns).

Brown is the first player in NFL history with two 125 reception seasons. Brown had 129 receptions in 2014 and 136 receptions in 2015. Brown joined Hines Ward as only the second Steelers player with back-to-back 10 touchdown catch seasons and also set a new Steelers record with 23 touchdown catches in a two-year span, surpassing Ward who caught 22 touchdowns in 2002-03 combined.

The Steelers offensive line had one of their best seasons ever, and the steady play of DeCastro definitely was a key factor. DeCastro, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl, was part of the offensive line that didn’t allow a sack in three games this season. DeCastro, the former No. 1 draft pick who has started 40 straight games, has also been part of a line that helped lead the way for the offense to gain at least 450 net yards in four straight regular season games, tying an NFL record. He has helped lead the way for an offense that is ranked first in the AFC and third in the NFL.

The AP All-Pro Team is selected by a panel of 50 voters who select the top player, regardless of conference, at each position.