RENTON — As a member of the NFL Pro Bowl and Associated Press All-Pro teams, Earl Thomas seemed a fine candidate to ask which meant more.
“Super Bowl,” he said.
Well, adding that to the list will have to wait. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Thomas will have to settle for being named to the AP’s All-Pro first team for the second consecutive year.
The 2013 All-Pro roster was announced Friday. Strong safety Kam Chancellor was named to the second team, giving the Seahawks three players from their secondary on the first or second teams.
“I think it does demonstrate that if you play really well with the guys around you that it can help your play,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.
“These guys have fed off one another from the years that they’ve been here. The challenges of being the best and working the hardest and to help each other be at their best, it’s given them a chance to really do something unique.”
Sherman finished the regular season with an NFL-leading eight interceptions. It was his second consecutive season with eight
Thomas finished second on the Seahawks with 105 tackles. He had eight passes defensed and five interceptions.
Thomas has been named to the Pro Bowl three consecutive years. He was a 2012 first-team All-Pro and a 2011 second-team selection.
Chancellor was third on the team with 99 tackles. He also had three interceptions and an untold number of opposing players trying to get out of his way when he loaded up for a hit.
“Obviously this doesn’t happen very often,” Carroll said. “I think it’s a great tribute to (defensive coordinator) Dan (Quinn) and (defensive backs coach) Kris Richard and (defensive passing game coordinator) Rocky (Seto). Those guys have coached these guys over the years and brought them together, kept them tight and progressing them all the way throughout their career and then kept them performing at a really high rate for a long time.”
As Carroll referenced, this kind of situation doesn’t happen often. But when he was the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers in 1995, Carroll ran a defense that also put three players from the secondary on the All-Pro team. Free safety Merton Hanks and cornerback Eric Davis were named to the first team. Strong safety Tim McDonald was a second-team selection.
“Very, very similar,” Carroll said. “We’re younger now, and we’ve got more future here. They were a little more at the end, but very similar.”
Running back Marshawn Lynch and center Max Unger were named to the 2012 All-Pro first team, but the Seahawks had no offensive All-Pro representatives this season.
Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, who won the NFL rushing title, and Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles were the first-team running backs. Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy were named to the second team.
There was no second-team quarterback because Denver’s Peyton Manning was a unanimous selection.