NEW YORK – Tyler Lockett was the only rookie to be named to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team with first-team honors.
Earlier this week, Lockett was named NFC special teams player of the week and THEN special teams player of the month.
He made a name for himself two return touchdowns in the preseason, followed by a punt return touchdown in the season opener.
Lockett set a franchise record for punt return yards in a game with 139. All in all, he was one of the most productive rookies in the league as a returner and a receiver.
“For me, I think I can always do better,” said Lockett. “The accolades and stuff, it’s not too important to me. Growing up I’ve always gotten them, so it was just something I always lived with and just ran with it. But I never really think about think about that type of stuff until the end of the season.
“I think I did anything that any rookie would want to be able to do out of college, with the accolades that came with this rookie season, but with it comes a lot of hard work and dedication.”
Others named All-Pro
Khalil Mack has become the first selection at two positions in the same year, while Adrian Peterson and J.J. Watt are unanimous choices for the 2015 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team.
Mack was a force at both defensive end and outside linebacker for Oakland this season. He drew enough support Friday from a panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league to make history. Others, including Houston’s Watt last year, have been chosen first team at one position and second at another.
Carolina, with an NFL-best 15-1 record, had the most All-Pros with six: quarterback Cam Newton, fullback Mike Tolbert, center Ryan Kalil, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis and cornerback Josh Norman.
Kuechly and Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown received 49 votes.
In all, 15 NFC players and 12 from the AFC were chosen.