Shane Lechler: All-Pro Punter

JaMarcus Russell once referred to him as All-Galaxy Shane.

Now that the votes have been tallied, we can all officially call Shane Lecher an All-Pro once again. This marks the 5th time Lechler has received All-Pro honors.

He was a near unanimous selection, getting 48 of the 50 votes thanks to an astounding 51.1 yards-per-punt average. The Texas native continues to keep rare company as his career numbers put him just above another Raider legend, Ray Guy, as the greatest punter to ever walk the planet.

Three other Raiders received votes. Sebastian Janikowski netted a total of 8 votes after having his best season as a pro. Nnamdi Asomugha made the second team thanks to the two people who voted for him. Meanwhile, Tyvon Branch got a single vote as well.

While Nnamdi is already on the radar of every NFL team, Branch’s breakout year has put him on the verge of becoming one of the best safeties in pro football. That two members of the Sliver and Black secondary received votes speaks volumes of the talent Lionel Washington coached up this season.

Congrats to Lechler for an amazing season. He is more than deserving of the honor.

Jano had one of the best years any kicker has ever had in the NFL and were it not for his offense only finding the end zone 17 times, he just might have given the Raiders a second first team All-Pro.

Nnamdi is by far the most dominant shutdown corner in the league and the miniscule number of times he was thrown at in 2009 will attest to that. Former Raider Charles Woodson had a great season playing for the NFL’s top ranked defense and the media had a season long love affair with Darrelle Revis of the Jets. Both men earned first team honors ahead of Asomugha on the strength of some impressive numbers that can only occur when the ball is actually thrown your way.

After the way Branch played in ’09, there is little doubt that he’ll earn more votes next time around and he should represent the Silver and Black in Pro Bowl in the near future as well.


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