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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was one of two players earning unanimous selection to the All-Pro team.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Unstoppable tight end Travis Kelce and dynamic defensive star Aaron Donald were unanimous choices Friday for The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team.

Kelce and Donald swept the votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

It is the third All-Pro selection for record-setting Kelce and the sixth for Donald.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes lauded Kelce for the way he approaches his job.

“He works his tail off every single day and he’s practicing every single day and he’s making sure he’s prepared for these moments,” Mahomes says. “For a guy to have that much talent, work that hard and be able to learn really every single day like that, that’s what makes him so special on the field.”

Joining Kelce and Donald are 15 players returning to the squad, and 14 newcomers. Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner also makes his sixth squad.

“I think the best display of greatness is making people around you better,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “And that’s exactly what he does, by the way he influences them every single week.”

Aaron Rodgers, who guided Green Bay (13-3) to the top seed in the NFC, made his third team, as does Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

Selected for the first time in the offensive skill positions are 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry of Tennessee, Buffalo wideout Stefon Diggs, who led the NFL in catches and yards receiving, and Rodgers’ favorite target, Davante Adams.

Diggs was traded by Minnesota to Buffalo in the offseason and made a huge impact as the Bills won their first AFC East in 25 years.

The Packers and Colts both have four All-Pros. Green Bay left tackle David Bakhtiari made his second appearance, and center Corey Linsley his first. Indianapolis has interior lineman DeForest Buckner and linebacker Darius Leonard on the defense, left guard Quenton Nelson on offense, and George Odum as the special teamer. Nelson is a three-time All-Pro, Leonard a double selection, while Buckner and Odum make it for the first time.

Rounding out the offense are Cleveland right tackle Jack Conklin (second selection), and Washington right guard Brandon Scherff (first).

Also on defense are edge rushers T.J. Watt, the NFL’s sacks leader for Pittsburgh who is on his second All-Pro Team, and newcomer Myles Garrett of Cleveland; San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner (first selection); cornerbacks Xavien Howard (first) of Miami, the league’s interception leader, and Jalen Ramsey (second) of the Rams; and safeties Tyrann Mathieu (third) of Kansas City, Minkah Fitzpatrick of Pittsburgh and Budda Baker of Arizona, both for the second time. There was a tie between Fitzpatrick and Baker for the second safety spot.

The long snapper position is new to the All-Pro Team in 2020, and Baltimore’s Morgan Cox was the choice. Chicago kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson made it for the fourth time. The rest of the special teams positions are newcomers: Miami kicker Jason Sanders, New England punter Jake Bailey and punt returner Gunner Olszewski.

Repeaters from 2019 are Donald, Wagner, Nelson, Watt, Fitzpatrick, Mathieu and Patterson.

In all, 18 players represent the AFC, which is considered the stronger conference this season, and 11 for the NFC. Exactly half of the 32 clubs have a 2020 All-Pro.

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