Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, offensive tackle Joe Thomas, cornerback Joe Haden, center Alex Mack and safety T.J. Ward have been named to the Associated Press 2013 NFL All-Pro team. Gordon and Thomas were first-team selections, while Haden, Mack and Ward were named to the second team. The AP All-Pro team is selected by a national panel of 50 media members.
The Browns tied for first in the NFL with five All-Pro selections (Kansas City and San Francisco), which also tied for the most selections in team history. In 1953, Cleveland also had five AP All-Pros in Len Ford, Frank Gatski, Otto Graham, Lou Groza and Bill Wills, each of whom were later enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In 2013, the Browns had six players either earn All-Pro or Pro Bowl honors. Ward, a Pro Bowl alternate, was named All-Pro. Tight end Jordan Cameron was a Pro Bowler, but left off the All-Pro list.
Gordon became the first Brown to lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,646), while playing in just 14 games. His 1,646 yards were a franchise record and the 10th-most by an NFL player in a season. Gordon's average of 117.6 receiving yards per game led the NFL this year, established a Browns record and ranked sixth in NFL history. His seven 100-yard games were also a club record and tied for most in the NFL this season. Gordon, who was also selected to his first Pro Bowl, became the only player in NFL history to top 200 receiving yards in back-to-back games (237 vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 24 and 261 vs. Jacksonville on Dec. 1).
Thomas has been selected to the AP All-Pro team each of the past six seasons, including four first-team honors (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013). He has been selected to the Pro Bowl in all seven of his NFL seasons and trails only Hall of Famers Jim Brown (9) and Lou Groza (9) for the most by a Browns player. Thomas has started all 112 career games at tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since being selected by the Browns with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. His stretch of 6,923 consecutive offensive snaps is the longest active streak in the league.
Haden, who was also selected to his first Pro Bowl, finished second on the team with four interceptions, while playing in 15 contests. According to STATS LLC, his 20 passes defensed tied for third in the NFL and his 67 since joining the Browns as the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft are second in the league during that span. Coaches film credited Haden with 21 passes defensed this season. He registered his first career multiple-interception game (2) and his first defensive score following a 29-yard interception return at Cincinnati on Nov. 17.
Since being chosen by Cleveland with the 21st overall pick of the 2009 draft, Mack has started all 80 career games and has not missed an offensive snap, a streak of 4,998 consecutive plays. He was named to his second Pro Bowl this year.
Ward registered a career-high 129 tackles and tied a career-high with two interceptions. The 2010 second-round selection added nine passes defensed, 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and two defensive scores. He scored on a 44-yard interception return vs. Buffalo on Oct. 3, and added a 51-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown vs. Chicago on Dec. 15.