While winning is currently the 49ers’ main concern, six of their players were named to the Associated Press’ All-Pro First Team; safety Dashon Goldson, guard Mike Iupati, punter Andy Lee, outside linebacker Aldon Smith and inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. The six players honored is a franchise-record.
It should be noted that Justin Smith, who’s proven to be a crucial piece to San Francisco’s success, earned second-team honors at both defensive tackle and defensive end. He netted his Pro Bowl spot as a defensive tackle, and that’s what the 49ers’ categorize him as. Smith also earned honors by the AP last year.
Niners’ general manager Trent Baalke spoke to the AP (Via San Jose Mercury News):
“As an organization, we take great pride in the success and recognition of our players,” general manager Trent Baalke told the AP. “This type of acknowledgement only comes from hard work and a team-first mentality, which all six of these men exhibit on a daily basis.
The criteria is rather simple. Fifty media members who cover the NFL nationally, pick the teams.