December 26, 1983

Dr. Z’s All-Pro Team (1983)

Paul Zimmerman | I’ve lined up my 1983 All-Pro team in a 3-4 defense. The reason is that most NFL teams play it. The real reason is that there are more good linebackers around than defensive tackles or middle guards. The two most crowded positions these days, from a talent standpoint, are outside linebacker and center. Almost every team has one of All-Pro or near All-Pro caliber. To include an extra outside linebacker, I moved the Giants’ Lawrence Taylor to the inside, a position he played in the middle part of this season while Harry Carson was hurt. Yeah, I know, it’s a copout. But it would just be too painful to leave one of these outside guys off.

OFFENSE

Wide receiver | Charlie Brown, Washington

Tackle | Joe Jacoby, Washington

Guard | John Hannah, New England

Center | Mike Webster, Pittsburgh

Guard | Ed White, San Diego

Tackle | Keith Fahnhorst, San Francisco

Tight end | Todd Christensen, L.A. Raiders

Wide receiver | Roy Green, St. Louis

Quarterback | Joe Theismann, Washington

Running back | Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams

Running back | William Andrews, Atlanta


DEFENSE

End | Mark Gastineau, N.Y. Jets

Middle guard-tackle | Randy White, Dallas

End | Howie Long, L.A. Raiders

Outside linebacker | Hugh Green, Tampa Bay

Inside linebacker | Lawrence Taylor, N.Y. Giants

Inside linebacker | Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh

Outside linebacker | Mike Douglas, Green Bay

Cornerback | Ken Riley, Cincinnati

Cornerback | Everson Walls, Dallas

Strong safety | Mark Cotney, Tampa Bay

Free safety | Deron Cherry, Kansas City


SPECIALISTS

Kicker | Raul Allegre, Baltimore

Punter | Rich Camarillo, New England


AWARDS

Player of the Year | Eric Dickerson, L.A. Rams

Coach of the Year | Joe Gibbs, Washington

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