NewsLocal News / January 4, 2019

Indianapolis Colts Rookies Make NFL All-Pro Team

Indianapolis Colts Rookies Make NFL All-Pro TeamIt's the first time two rookies from the same team have been named to the All-Pro team since Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers were selected in 1965.Indianapolis Colts, football, Quenton Nelson2019-01-04T00:00:00-05:00
Indianapolis Colts Rookies Make NFL All-Pro Team

Indianapolis Colts rookies Darius Leonard (left) and Quenton Nelson (right) are the first rookie combo from the same team to be named first team All-Pro since 1965.

Left: AP Photo/Darron Cummings Right:AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

Two Indianapolis Colts are the first rookie teammates since 1965 to be named to the NFL All-Pro Team.

Offensive lineman Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard were named among this year’s 28 best NFL players Friday.

First-year Colts head coach Frank Reich said Leonard and Nelson have everything the team is looking for in its players.

"All the intangibles, all the character qualities, everything about them,” Reich said. “It's a really hard filter to get through to get marked that way and both Quenton and Darius had that on their card. So that says something about their maturity and how fast we think they will develop."

The Colts selected Nelson with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft and has been part of an offensive line that has allowed a league-low 18 sacks this season.

Leonard was drafted 36th overall. He led the league with a franchise-record 163 tackles this season.

The only other rookies from the same team to be selected first-team All-Pro team was not a bad combo: Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, both Hall of Famers.

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