Bobby Wagner's status as an all-time great Seahawk was secure before the 2019 season, but Seattle's middle linebacker only further cemented his place in Seahawks lore with his play this season.
Earlier this season, Wagner became the all-time leading tackler in franchise history, and with 159 tackles in 2019, he again led the NFL in that statistic. And on Friday Wagner made more history, earning first-team Associated Press All-Pro honors for the fourth straight year and for the fifth time in six seasons.
Wagner is the first player in Seahawks history to earn first-team honors four straight years, and his five total first-team selections is also a franchise record, moving him past Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle Walter Jones, who was a four-time first-team All-Pro. Wagner received 32 of 50 votes, the most of any linebacker.
"He has played sensational football," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He has done everything we've asked him to do. He's consistent as anyone could ever be. He's been tough throughout and he's leading the whole crew."
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was named to the All-Pro second-team, his first time earning All-Pro honors. Both Wilson and Wagner were also named to the NFC Pro Bowl squad last month. Baltimore's Lamar Jackson was the first-team quarterback, receiving 47 of 50 votes, while Wilson received the other three.
"Those guys are really the real deal," Carroll said. "They just are. They're great players. They're all-time great players and we're very fortunate to have them."
For Wagner, his eight seasons of experience have only increased his appreciation for recognition like All-Pro honors.
"As you get older you kind of understand how hard these things are to get," Wagner told the Associated Press. "And so you don't take any of them for granted and are very grateful for your health, grateful for your teammates. As you get older, you reflect and you appreciate things differently that you might not have had when you were young.
"When you get it the first time, or you watch guys like (Richard Sherman) or those guys get it and you get it yourself you're excited. As you get older you see guys that should have been All-Pro and realize how hard it is to get those things and never take when you get them for granted and you're grateful for it."
Wagner becomes the 11th linebacker since the 1970 merger to earn first-team All-Pro honors five times, according to Pro Football Reference. Luke Kuechly is the only other current player on that list, and seven of the other nine are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while one, Zach Thomas, is a finalist for this year's Hall of Fame Class, and another, Patrick Willis, was a semifinalist this year in his first year of eligibility.
Wilson, a seven-time Pro-Bowler, received All-Pro honors for the first time after posting one of the best seasons of his career while helping lead the Seahawks to their seventh playoff berth in the eight seasons he and Wagner have played in Seattle.
Wilson threw 31 touchdown passes, his fourth 30-touchdown season in the past five years, while throwing a career-low five interceptions. Wilson's 106.3 passer rating was the third highest of his career, his 66.1 completion percentage was the second highest, and his 4,110 passing yards were the second most of his career.
As a part of the 'BWagz Sees You Thanksgiving Edition' initiative, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner teamed up with Safeway to help tackle local hunger. Bobby stopped by a West Seattle Safeway to prep and prepare Thanksgiving meals for families living at the Tiny House Communities (LIHI) in Seattle.