Cameron Jordan, Jahri Evans, Darren Sproles named to All-Decade Team

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Cam Jordan
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Defensive end Cameron Jordan , right guard Jahri Evans and running back/returner Darren Sproles are the New Orleans Saints representatives on the NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade team for the 2010s that was announced Monday, April 6.

(Photo: Parker Waters)

Sproles, who played with the Saints in 2011, ’12 and ’13, was selected as an offensive flex player and a punt returner. Sproles is the fourth individual ever to appear on an all-decade team at multiple positions, joining Mel Gray, Dante Hall, and Deion Sanders.

Jahri Evans
(Photo: Parker Waters).

Originally drafted by the Saints as part of the spectacular 2006 draft class, Evans played 11 seasons with the team (2006-2016) and was a six-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro. Evans was key member of the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl team.

Jordan, a first-round draft pick out of Cal in 2011, will enter his 10th season with the team. Jordan has been named an All-Pro and is a five-time Pro Bowler. Read more from the New Orleans Saints.

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NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame announce 2010s All-Decade Team

Eight unanimous selections highlight the 2010-19 All-Decade Team, announced today by the National Football League and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

OFFENSE DEFENSE
Wide Receiver Antonio Brown End Calais Campbell
Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald End Cameron Jordan
Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson End Julius Peppers
Wide Receiver Julio Jones End *J.J. Watt
Tight End Rob Gronkowski Tackle Geno Atkins
Tight End Travis Kelce Tackle Fletcher Cox
Tackle Jason Peters Tackle *Aaron Donald
Tackle Tyron Smith Tackle Ndamukong Suh
Tackle Joe Staley Linebacker Chandler Jones
Tackle *Joe Thomas Linebacker Luke Kuechly
Guard Jahri Evans Linebacker Khalil Mack
Guard Logan Mankins Linebacker *Von Miller
Guard Zack Martin Linebacker Bobby Wagner
Guard *Marshal Yanda Linebacker Patrick Willis
Center Alex Mack Cornerback Patrick Peterson
Center Maurkice Pouncey Cornerback Darrelle Revis
Quarterback *Tom Brady Cornerback Richard Sherman
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Safety Eric Berry
Running Back Frank Gore Safety Earl Thomas
Running Back Marshawn Lynch Safety Eric Weddle
Running Back LeSean McCoy Defensive Back Chris Harris
Running Back *Adrian Peterson Defensive Back Tyrann Mathieu
Flex Darren Sproles

​*Unanimous selection

SPECIALISTS
Punter Johnny Hekker
Punter Shane Lechler
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski
Kicker *Justin Tucker
Punt Returner Tyreek Hill
Punt Returner Darren Sproles
Kick Returner Devin Hester
Kick Returner Cordarrelle Patterson
Coach Bill Belichick
Coach Pete Carroll

The 55-member team is the result of votes cast over the last several weeks by the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 48-member selection committee. Only players who received at least one selection to a Pro Bowl, Associated Press All-Pro team or Pro Football Writers of America all-conference team during the 2010-19 seasons were eligible.

Eight unanimous selections – quarterback TOM BRADY, defensive tackle AARON DONALD, linebacker VON MILLER, running back ADRIAN PETERSON, offensive tackle JOE THOMAS, kicker JUSTIN TUCKER, defensive end J.J. WATT and guard MARSHAL YANDA – appear among the 53 players.

Brady and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS, the two quarterbacks on the team, guided their respective clubs to the NFL’s top two win-loss records during the decade, including postseason. The Patriots were 141-42-0 (.770) while the Packers were 112-63-2 (.638).

Linebacker BOBBY WAGNER leads a parade of five Seahawks who spent all or most of the decade in Seattle. In addition to Wagner, Seattle is represented by former cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN, former safety EARL THOMAS and running back MARSHAWN LYNCH. Head coach PETE CARROLL, who led the team to eight playoff berths, two Super Bowls and one championship during the decade, is one of two coaches on the all-decade team.

The NFC West, which has sent a club to five of the last eight Super Bowls, is the most heavily represented division. Players who played primarily in the division on the all-decade team also include Donald (Los Angeles Rams), defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL (Arizona), wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD (Arizona), running back FRANK GORE (San Francisco), punter JOHNNY HEKKER (Los Angeles Rams), linebacker CHANDLER JONES (Arizona), cornerback PATRICK PETERSON (Arizona), tackle JOE STALEY (San Francisco) and linebacker PATRICK WILLIS (San Francisco).

In addition to Carroll, the other head coach on the team is BILL BELICHICK, now one of two coaches ever to appear on multiple all-decade teams, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer CHUCK NOLL (1970s and 1980s). Belichick and Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DUNGY were the coaches on the 2000s team.

Joining Belichick are four other Patriots who combined to guide New England during the decade to five Super Bowls, more than any team. Brady, former kicker STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI, former tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI and former guard LOGAN MANKINS also spent all or the majority of the decade with the club.

Belichick and Brady join kick returner DEVIN HESTER, punter SHANE LECHLER and defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS as the five individuals to make the team in each of the last two decades.

DARREN SPROLES, selected as both an offensive flex player and a punt returner, is the fourth individual ever to appear on an all-decade team at multiple positions, joining MEL GRAY (kick returner and punt returner in 1990s), DANTE HALL (kick returner and punt returner in 2000s) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS (cornerback and punt returner in 1990s). The NFL replaced fullback on the 2010s team with the flex position, reflecting the evolution of the game. The flex is defined as a player who fits several offensive roles for his club. Sproles tied for second among NFL players during the decade with five punt-return touchdowns.

The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, who captured Super Bowl LIV in February, placed five individuals on the team, former safety ERIC BERRY, punt returner TYREEK HILL, tight end TRAVIS KELCE, defensive back TYRANN MATHIEU and running back LESEAN MCCOY, who also played for Philadelphia and Buffalo during the decade.

Two clubs placed multiple offensive linemen on the all-decade team. The DALLAS COWBOYS were represented by both guard ZACK MARTIN and offensive tackle TYRON SMITH while the CLEVELAND BROWNS were led by unanimous selection JOE THOMAS at offensive tackle and ALEX MACK, who played center from 2009-15 before signing with the Falcons.

Also, three players who earned the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the decade made the team: Campbell (2019), Fitzgerald (2016) and Watt (2017).

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