National Football League 2000s All-Decade Team

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The NFL 2000s All-Decade Team is composed of outstanding performers in the National Football League in the ten years spanning 20002009. Only a player or coach's performance in the 2000s is used as criteria for voting.

The full team[1][2][3] was announced on January 31, 2010 during the pregame show for the 2010 Pro Bowl.[4] The names of the twelve all-decade honorees who participated in the 2010 Pro Bowl had been released earlier in the week.[5]

Selection process[edit]

The team is chosen by members of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. This committee consists of one media member from each NFL market (two for New York/ New Jersey owing to the market's two teams), a representative from the Pro Football Writers of America and 11 "at-large" delegates (primarily national sportswriters) for a total of 44 voters.[6] These voters are asked to select two coaches and a total of 53 players, broken out as follows: two quarterbacks, four running backs, a fullback, four wide receivers, two tight ends, four offensive tackles, four guards, two centers, four defensive ends, four defensive tackles, six linebackers, four cornerbacks, four safeties, two placekickers, two punters, two kick returners, two punt returners.[7]

Among the voters who have revealed their individual selections for the team are Alex Marvez (Fox Sports),[8] Rick Gosselin (The Dallas Morning News),[7] and Peter King (Sports Illustrated).[9]

Perhaps the biggest debate for the group came with the vote for the quarterback position. In the end, three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady narrowly edged four-time MVP Peyton Manning for the first-team nod.[1]

The team[edit]

Note 1: Players are listed alphabetically within first and second teams
Note 2: Only teams for which a player played in a game from 2000–2009 are listed. Teams with whom a player signed but never played or for whom he played only prior to 2000 or after 2009 are not listed.
Note 3: Under "Hall of Fame" if a year is listed, i.e., "e-2019", that is the year player is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Note 4: An asterisk "*" denotes the player is a free agent but has yet to file retirement papers with the NFLPA

Offense[edit]

0^0 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ¤ Finalist information updated through 2018 selection
Position First Team Hall of Fame Second Team Hall of Fame
Quarterback Tom Brady (New England Patriots) Active Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) e-2021
Running back Edgerrin James (Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks) 2 time finalist Shaun Alexander (Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins) No
LaDainian Tomlinson^ (San Diego Chargers) Yes Jamal Lewis (Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns) No
Fullback Lorenzo Neal (Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens) No Tony Richardson (Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets) No
Wide receiver Marvin Harrison^ (Indianapolis Colts) Yes Torry Holt (St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars) No
Randy Moss^ (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots) Yes Terrell Owens^ (San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills) Yes
Tight end Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons). e-2019 Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) Active
Tackle Walter Jones^ (Seattle Seahawks) Yes Orlando Pace^ (St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears) Yes
Jonathan Ogden^ (Baltimore Ravens) Yes Willie Roaf^ (New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs) Yes
Guard Alan Faneca (Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets) 3 time finalist Larry Allen^ (Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers) Yes
Steve Hutchinson (Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings) 1 time finalist Will Shields^ (Kansas City Chiefs) Yes
Center Kevin Mawae (New York Jets, Tennessee Titans) 2 time finalist Olin Kreutz (Chicago Bears) No

Defense[edit]

Position First Team Hall of Fame? Second Team Hall of Fame?
Defensive end Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis Colts) e-2023 Julius Peppers (Carolina Panthers) Active
Michael Strahan^ (New York Giants) Yes Jason Taylor^ (Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins) Yes
Defensive tackle Warren Sapp^ (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders) Yes La'Roi Glover (New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams) No
Richard Seymour (New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders) No Kevin Williams (Minnesota Vikings) e-2021
Linebacker Derrick Brooks^ (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Yes Joey Porter (Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins) No
Ray Lewis^ (Baltimore Ravens) Yes Zach Thomas (Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys) No
Brian Urlacher^ (Chicago Bears) Yes DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys) e-2022
Cornerback Champ Bailey (Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos) e-2019 Ronde Barber (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) No
Charles Woodson (Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers) e-2021 Ty Law (New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos) 2 time finalist
Safety Brian Dawkins^ (Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos) Yes Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers) e-2020
Ed Reed (Baltimore Ravens) e-2019 Darren Sharper (Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints) No

Special teams[edit]

Position First Team Hall of Fame? Second Team Hall of Fame?
Kicker Adam Vinatieri (New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts) Active David Akers (Philadelphia Eagles) e-2019
Punter Shane Lechler (Oakland Raiders) Active Brian Moorman (Buffalo Bills) e-2019
Kick Returner Josh Cribbs (Cleveland Browns) e-2020 Dante Hall (Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams) No
Punt Returner Dante Hall (Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams) No Devin Hester (Chicago Bears) e-2022

Coach[edit]

Position First Team Hall of Fame? Second Team Hall of Fame?
Coach Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) Active Tony Dungy^ (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts) Yes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NFL's All-Decade team of the 2000s: Offense". Pro Football Hall of Fame. February 15, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 
  2. ^ "NFL's All-Decade team of the 2000s: Defense". Pro Football Hall of Fame. February 16, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 
  3. ^ "NFL's All-Decade team of the 2000s: Special Teams/Coaches". Pro Football Hall of Fame. February 16, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 
  4. ^ "League announces 2000s NFL All-Decade Team". NFL.com. February 1, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 
  5. ^ "12 members of All-Decade Team competing in Pro Bowl". NFL.com. January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Selection Process". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Gosselin, Rick (December 23, 2009). "22 is the magic number for the NFL all-decade team". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Marvez, Alex (January 1, 2010). "NFL All-Decade team: 2000-2009". Fox Sports. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  9. ^ King, Peter (December 8, 2009). "All-Decade Team: NFL". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 

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