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DR. Z'S ALL-PRO TEAM
Paul Zimmerman
December 29, 1997
Brett Favre is my quarterback. Terrell Davis and Barry Sanders are the running backs. No surprises there. But wait, we've found a few sleepers. Here, then, is my 1997 All-Pro team, based on 140 games viewed in their entirety, either live or on the tube.
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December 29, 1997

Dr. Z's All-pro Team

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Brett Favre is my quarterback. Terrell Davis and Barry Sanders are the running backs. No surprises there. But wait, we've found a few sleepers. Here, then, is my 1997 All-Pro team, based on 140 games viewed in their entirety, either live or on the tube.

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Favre, Packers. He's had rocky first quarters, but no one's better when the game's on the line.

Running backs: Sanders, Lions, and Davis, Broncos. There's absolutely no way to choose between the two. Sanders can total minus yardage for a quarter, then break the game open. Davis is the glue that holds the Broncos together.

Fullback: Mike Alstott, Buccaneers. By a whisker over the Giants' Charles Way. Both are multidimensional, both give the running game that extra punch. For pure blocking, I like Denver's Howard Griffith.

Wide receivers: Herman Moore, Lions, and Rob Moore, Cardinals. Was there a more gritty performance this season than the one turned in by Herman Moore, who battled through injuries in that comeback win over the Vikings on Dec. 14? Jake Plummer to Rob Moore became one of the NFL's most feared long-ball combinations.

Tight end: Ben Coates, Patriots. It was nip and tuck between Coates and the Broncos' Shannon Sharpe, but while Sharpe had the better numbers, Coates gets the nod on consistency.

Tackles: Jonathan Ogden, Ravens, and Brad Hopkins, Oilers. It's not easy to find stars these days. Ogden, an old-style boomer and our pick as a rookie guard last year, is the best. Hopkins, coming into his own in his fifth season, has been Eddie George's key blocker on the weak side. The Jaguars' Tony Boselli slipped from last season, when he was the game's top tackle.

Guards: Will Wolford, Steelers, and Mark Schlereth, Broncos. My third choice was Kansas City's Dave Szott, but I went strictly on grades. Both Wolford and Schlereth have been indispensable on teams that live by the run.

Center: Dermontti Dawson, Steelers. The quickest off the ball, the headiest at picking up blitzes. But there are challengers on the horizon, notably Denver's Tom Nalen and Miami's Tim Ruddy.

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