Nnamdi Asomugha Gets (Over) Due Honors - NBC Bay Area


Nnamdi Asomugha Gets (Over) Due Honors

A real gem of a guy is getting credit for a great season.



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    NAPA, CA - AUGUST 05: Nnamdi Asomugha #21 looks on during the Oakland Raiders Training Camp at the Napa Valley Marriott on August 5, 2009 in Napa, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nnamdi Asomugha

    Both the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers made a showing on the NFL All-Pro team. 

    Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechler were tapped for the Raiders and Patrick Willis received the honor as a 49er.

    The honor gives a much-deserved credit to Asomugha, who was forced into becoming a free agent because he failed to meet portions of his contract with Al Davis. The vote by a national panel of 50 media members proves Asomugha's value beyond the statistics. The reason he didn't get the stats is because no one would throw in his direction.

    Asomugha also learned this weekend he is one of the finalist of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

    Asomugha will get another honor in the form of cold hard cash in the coming months as he is expected to sign a deal making him one of the highest paid players at his position. 

    The All-Pro list is similar to getting a Gold Glove in baseball.

    All Pro First Team List:

    • Quarterback - Tom Brady, New England.
    • Running backs - Jamaal Charles, Kansas City; Arian Foster, Houston.
    • Fullback - Vonta Leach, Houston.
    • Tight end - Jason Witten, Dallas.
    • Wide receivers - Roddy White, Atlanta; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis.
    • Tackles - Jake Long, Miami; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.
    • Guards - Logan Mankins, New England; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.
    • Center - Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets.
    • Kicker - Billy Cundiff, Baltimore.
    • Kick returner - Devin Hester, Chicago.
    • Ends - Julius Peppers, Chicago; John Abraham, Atlanta.
    • Tackles - Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit.
    • Outside linebackers - Clay Matthews, Green Bay; James Harrison, Pittsburgh.
    • Inside linebacker - Patrick Willis, 49ers; Jerod Mayo, New England.
    • Cornerbacks - Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders; Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets.
    • Safeties - Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh; Ed Reed, Baltimore.
    • Punter - Shane Lechler, Raiders.

    Nnamdi Asomugha on occasion co-anchors with Raj Mathai on Sunday and people in the newsroom cannot say enough good things about working with him. He really is one of those truly classy guys in sports.