For the 11th time in 47 years, a Raiders punter has been named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press (which is the official NFL All-Pro team) as A.J. Cole earned the honor for the 2203 season.
It is the second time Cole has made the first-team All-Pro squad. He did it in 2021. Raiders’ punter Shane Lechler did it six times and Pro Football Hall of Famer did it three times.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby was named to the second-team All-Pro team. He was a second teamer in the 2021 season as well. No other Raiders’ player made either team. Cole and Crosby are the Raiders’ two players to make the AFC Pro Bowl team as well.
Cole averaged 50.4 yards a punt.
Crosby had 14.5 sacks with 90 tackles, 23 for loss in the 2023 NFL season. They were al career highs.
Just announced: The 2023 AP First and Second All-Pro Team: pic.twitter.com/Lwsxo3CoOf— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 12, 2024
According to the Associated Press, the other Las Vegas players who received, at least, one of 50 All-Pro votes were wide receiver Davante Adams, left tackle Kolton Miller, linebacker Robert Spillane and special teamer DJ Turner.