Oakland Raiders defensive star Khalil Mack has become the first player to be named a Associated Press First-Team All Pro at two different positions in the same season. In a vote of media members, Mack was selected at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Other players, including J.J. Watt a year ago, have made First Team at one position and Second Team at another.
Mack finished the regular season with 15.5 sacks, second only to Watt, but was also strong against the run and in pass coverage.
“I do whatever I can to help the team win. I’m a team guy,” Mack told AP. “Whether it’s dropping in coverage or rushing the passer. I can do either. I think they saw that.”
Watt was an unanimous choice at defensive end, an achievement matched by Adrian Peterson, who picked up all 50 votes at running back after missing the 2014 season. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly and Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown each got 49 votes.
The 15-1 Panthers put the most players on the roster with six, starting with Kuechly and quarterback Cam Newton.
The best story, though, might be Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who made his second All Pro team in three years despite battling cancer.
“It’s an incredible honor. It means a lot to me,” said Berry, who was undergoing chemotherapy at this time a year ago.