Three Packers named All-Pros, including Pro Bowl Snub De’Vondre Campbell
The Associated Press at officially released their All-Pro vote for the 2021 regular season and the group named three Green Bay Packers as All-Pros for their efforts. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led quarterback votes with 34 of 50 voters naming him the 2021 setter while his best wide, Davante Adams, was one of five players who were named as the first-team unanimous selection. team. The surprise, however, was that inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, notably excluded from the initial Pro Bowl roster, was named first-team All-Pro by voters.
It’s worth noting that those same 50 voters vote for the Most Valuable Player award, which goes to a race between Rodgers and Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady. The first-team All-Pro run at quarterback, which saw Rodgers beat Brady by a score of 34-16, should be a direct reflection of the MVP vote.
Rodgers’ fourth first-team All-Pro season ties him for the team record in the post-merger era with former safety LeRoy Butler, who is a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 2022. The second season Adam’s first-team All-Pro, after his franchise-best season, leaves him only behind Sterling Sharpe in franchise standings in the post-merger era.
Campbell received more All-Pro votes (18) than Seattle’s Bobby Wagner (7), who was one of two inside linebackers named to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Campbell didn’t even make a Pro Bowl backup, a status running back Aaron Jones, cornerback Rasul Douglas and punter Corey Bojorquez won. For anyone who felt Campbell was snubbed by the Pro Bowl vote: Here’s your rationale.
Jones, Douglas and Bojorquez did not receive a single All-Pro vote, but defensive lineman Kenny Clark, who was on the initial Pro Bowl roster, received two votes. Only one NFC interior defensive lineman received more than two votes (Aaron Donald of the Rams, unanimous), but four AFC linemen were the top five All-Pros in that position.
For some reason, two voters did not vote for the long snappers and one voter did not choose a special teams ace.