Kelsey, Jefferson Unanimous; 16 for the first time

Travis Kelce and Justin Jefferson are unanimous selections to the Associated Press 2022 NFL All-Pro Team, and Sauce Gardner is the first rookie cornerback selected in 41 years.

Jefferson “Chiefs” Kelsey and the Vikings received first-team votes on Friday from all 50 members of a national panel of members of the media who regularly cover the league.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, San Francisco 49ers running back Nick Bosa, and Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones each received 49 of the 50 first-team votes. The Chiefs and Niners led the way with four players in the first team.

Gardner, the fourth overall pick by the New York Jets, was selected on all 50 ballots, receiving 43 first place votes. Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott was the last rookie named to the first team in 1981.

“This is a big deal for me,” Gardner told the Associated Press. “It was one of my goals before training camp. It’s something I pray for. I’ve worked so hard for it. It’s definitely a real blessing.”

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