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January 10, 2013
Four 49ers make PFWA all-star team


Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America released its all-NFL team today. It includes four 49ers, guard Mike Iupati, linebackers Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis and punter Andy Lee. With the exception of Lee, all those players also were voted to the Pro Bowl.

The Associated Press is expected to release its All-Pro team Saturday.

QB Peyton Manning / Broncos
RB Adrian Peterson / Vikings
RB Marshawn Lynch / Seahawks
WR Calvin Johnson / Lions
WR Brandon Marshall / Bears
TE Rob Gronkowski / Patriots
C John Sullivan / Vikings
OG Mike Iupati / 49ers
OG Marshal Yanda / Ravens
OT Duane Brown / Texans
OT Ryan Clady / Broncos

DE J.J. Watt / Texans
DE Cameron Wake / Dolphins
DT Geno Atkins / Bengals
DT Vince Wilfork / Patriots
OLB Von Miller / Broncos
OLB Aldon Smith / 49ers
MLB Patrick Willis / 49ers
CB Richard Sherman / Seahawks
CB Charles Tillman / Bears
S Earl Thomas / Seahawks
S Eric Weddle / Chargers

PK Blair Walsh / Vikings
P Andy Lee / 49ers
KR Jacoby Jones / Ravens
PR Leodis McKelvin / Bills
ST Matthew Slater / Patriots

MVP/Offensive MVP -- Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
Defensive MVP-- Texans DE J.J. Watt
Coach of the Year -- Colts offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians
Comeback Player of the Year -- Adrian Peterson
Rookie of the Year/Offensive Rookie -- Redskins QB Robert Griffin III
Defensive Rookie of the Year -- Panthers LB Luke Kuechly
Most Improved Player -- Cowboys WR Dez Bryant
Executive of the Year -- Colts GM Ryan Grigson
Assistant Coach of the Year -- Bruce Arians
Golden Toe (Best Placekicker or Punter) -- Vikings PK Blair Walsh

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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