Foster, Leach named to AP All-Pro first team

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Houston Texans backfield mates Arian Foster and Vonta Leach were named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team, which was released today. It is the first time in franchise history two Texans have earned All-Pro First Team honors in the same season.

The AP All-Pro Team is determined by a 50-member panel, with one vote cast per voter for each award and for each member of the All-Pro team.

In addition to All-Pro recognition, both Leach and Foster were elected to the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl. Foster, who enjoyed a breakout year in his first full season as a starter, was also named to the All-NFL Team and earned Most Improved Player honors by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America.   

Foster (6-1, 227) led the NFL with 1,616 yards rushing, 2,220 yards from scrimmage, 16 rushing touchdowns, 18 total touchdowns and 123 first downs gained, all of which set team single-season records. The second-year running back out of Tennessee led NFL running backs with 604 receiving yards and became only the third player in NFL history to compile at least 1,600 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving in the same season. He also set an NFL record for rushing yards in a season by an undrafted player, eclipsing Priest Holmes' mark of 1,615 yards, set in 2002.

Foster began the season with the second-highest rushing total in NFL kickoff weekend history, accumulating 231 yards on 33 carries against Indianapolis on Sept. 12. It stood as the NFL's highest single-game rushing total and was one of eight games with at least 100 yards rushing for Foster in 2010.

It was a banner year for Leach (6-0, 255), who has been one of the main components in Foster's success this season. Leach's punishing blocking helped produce the NFL's top rusher in 2010 and his blue-collar approach resonated on and off the field. The 29-year-old caught eight passes for 91 yards and eight tackles on special teams. In addition, the seventh-year veteran earned his degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina in mid-December. Leach, like Foster, was undrafted out of college and was signed by the Texans off Green Bay's practice squad in 2006.

List of Texans AP All-Pro Honorees:

Player Position Squad Year
Arian Foster RB First 2011
Vonta Leach FB First 2011
Andre Johnson WR First 2009
Brian Cushing LB Second 2009
Andre Johnson WR First 2008
Mario Williams DE Second 2007
DeMeco Ryans LB Second 2007
Jerome Mathis KR First 2005

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