1997 All-Pro Team

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The 1997 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1997. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1997 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.


Position First team Second team
Quarterback Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers (AP, PFWA, TSN) Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers (AP-2)
Running back Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP-2)
Fullback Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AP) Charles Way, New York Giants (AP-2)
Wide receiver Herman Moore, Detroit Lions (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Rob Moore, Arizona Cardinals (AP, PFWA)
Tim Brown, Oakland Raiders (TSN)
Yancey Thigpen, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP-2)
Andre Rison, Kansas City Chiefs (AP-2)
Tim Brown, Oakland Raiders (AP-2)
Tight end Shannon Sharpe, Denver Broncos (AP, PFWA, TSN) Wesley Walls, Carolina Panthers (AP-2)
Tackle Tony Boselli, Jacksonville Jaguars (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore Ravens (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Willie Roaf, New Orleans Saints (AP-2)
Todd Steussie, Minnesota Vikings (AP-2)
Guard Larry Allen, Dallas Cowboys (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Dave Szott, Kansas City Chiefs (AP, PFWA)
Randall McDaniel, Minnesota Vikings (TSN)
Will Shields, Kansas City Chiefs (AP-2)
Randall McDaniel, Minnesota Vikings (AP-2)
Center Dermontti Dawson, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Special teams
Position First team Second team
Kicker Richie Cunningham, Dallas Cowboys (AP, TSN)
Pete Stoyanovich, Kansas City Chiefs (PFWA)
Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions (AP-2)
Punter Bryan Barker, Jacksonville Jaguars (AP, PFWA)
Matt Turk, Washington Redskins (TSN)
Matt Turk, Washington Redskins (AP-2)
Kick Returner Michael Bates, Carolina Panthers (PFWA, TSN)
Eric Metcalf, San Diego Chargers (AP)
Darrien Gordon, Denver Broncos (AP-2)
Punt Returner Darrien Gordon, Denver Broncos (PFWA, TSN)
Special Teams Larry Whigham, New England Patriots (PFWA)
Position First team Second team
Defensive end Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Michael Strahan, New York Giants (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Robert Porcher, Detroit Lions (PFWA)
Chuck Smith, Atlanta Falcons (AP-2t)
Reggie White, Green Bay Packers (AP-2t)
Neil Smith, Denver Broncos (AP-2t)
Defensive tackle John Randle, Minnesota Vikings (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco 49ers (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Joel Steed, Pittsburgh Steelers (PFWA)
Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AP-2)
Ted Washington, Buffalo Bills (AP-2)
Middle linebacker Levon Kirkland, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Hardy Nickerson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AP)
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (AP-2t)
Junior Seau, San Diego Chargers (AP-2t)
Winfred Tubbs, New Orleans Saints (AP-2t)
Outside linebacker Jessie Armstead, New York Giants (AP, PFWA, TSN)
John Mobley, Denver Broncos (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (AP-2)
Chris Slade, New England Patriots (AP-2)
Cornerback Deion Sanders, Dallas Cowboys (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Aeneas Williams, Arizona Cardinals (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Aaron Glenn, New York Jets (PFWA) *
James Hasty, Kansas City Chiefs (AP-2)
Cris Dishman, Washington Redskins (AP-2t)
Doug Evans, Green Bay Packers (AP-2t)
Safety LeRoy Butler, Green Bay Packers (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Carnell Lake, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP, PFWA, TSN)
Merton Hanks, San Francisco 49ers (AP-2)
Darryl Williams, Seattle Seahawks (AP-2)


  • AP = Associated Press first-team All-Pro
  • AP-2 = Associated Press second-team All-Pro
  • AP-2t = Tied for second-team All-Pro in the AP vote
  • PFWA = Pro Football Writers Association All-Pro
  • TSN = The Sporting News All-Pro