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Finnegan, Roos as All Pros reflect well on Titans' approach

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    <p><em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em></p> <p>Four <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten">Tennessee Titans</a> made the Associated Press <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3821544" target="_blank">All Pro Team</a>, an honor that extends beyond Pro Bowl recognition as it combined players from both conferences.</p> <p>Defensive tackle <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3543">Albert Haynesworth</a> was one vote short of joining Baltimore safety <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3552">Ed Reed</a> as a unanimous selection.</p> <p>Cornerback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9801">Cortland Finnegan</a> and left tackle <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8455">Michael Roos</a> were first time choices, and center <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=602">Kevin Mawae</a>, who's elbow injury will hold him out of Saturdays Ravens-Titans playoff game, received the honor for the third time.</p> <p>"Wow. I don't know if you can put that into words," Finnegan told the AP. "That's a goal guys want to obtain in their years of playing football. That's the best of the best. That's humbling to ever think you could be voted on for that. I didn't look at that as a goal this year."</p> <p>The selections of Finnegan and Roos are particularly impressive for the Titans, who locked up both young players with long-term contracts in 2008. It also speaks well of the franchise's ability to find top talent outside of the tops schools and conferences. Both were picked under a front office run by GM Floyd Reese, now an ESPN analyst.</p> <p>Finnegan was a seventh round draft pick out of Samford in 2006 and helped the team bounce back from the Pacman Jones disaster. Roos was a second-rounder in 2005 out of Eastern Washington, who got a hearty pre-draft endorsement from <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=6883">Mike Munchak</a>, the Titans offensive line coach who's a Pro Football Hall of Famer.</p> <p>The Titans matched the <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=min">Minnesota Vikings</a> for the most All Pros.</p> <p>Other All-Pros from the AFC South: Indianapolis quarterback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1428">Peyton Manning</a> and Houston receiver <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4461">Andre Johnson</a>.</p> <p>"It's always a tremendous honor to be mentioned as one of the top guys in the league," Johnson said in a release from the Texans. "When you go out and play and perform well, good things happen. This is another good thing that's happened for me."</p> <p>Others from the division who got votes: Houston defensive end <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9587">Mario Williams</a> (8), Indianapolis defensive end <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=3539">Dwight Freeney</a> (4), Tennessee kicker <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9235">Rob Bironas</a> (3), Tennessee right tackle <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8527">David Stewart</a> (3), Indianapolis tight end <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4482">Dallas Clark</a> (2), Indianapolis center <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2055">Jeff Saturday</a> (2).</p> <p>Here's a complete position-by-position <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3821666" target="_blank">list of votes</a>.</p>

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