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Bucs running back Martin named All-Pro

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TAMPA — Bucs RB Doug Martin, who finished second in the NFL with 1,402 rushing yards, was named to the Associated Press All-Pro team Friday.

James Wilder (1984) is the only other Bucs running back to make All-Pro. Mike Alstott made the team five times as a fullback.

Martin, also headed to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his four-year career, was selected by a panel of 50 writers to the 27-player All-Pro first team.

It's one more line for Martin's resume as he prepares to become an unrestricted free agent in the spring. The Bucs and Martin have expressed an interest in an extension. Martin, who turns 27 Wednesday, had the third-best total in team history, behind only Wilder's team-record 1,544 yards in 1984 and Martin's 1,454 as a rookie in 2012.

Martin was the only Buc to make the first or second All-Pro teams. Lavonte David was seventh among outside linebackers with two votes out of 50 ballots, and Gerald McCoy was not named on any ballots, while nine other defensive tackles were.

MORE HONORS: Martin, the Vikings' Adrian Peterson and Rams rookie Todd Gurley are finalists for the FedEx Ground Player of the Year. Peterson led the league in rushing, while Gurley finished third in the league in rushing despite missing three games with injuries. Martin won the FedEx weekly honor twice this season, while Peterson won twice and Gurley once.

WINSTON, TOO: Bucs rookie QB Jameis Winston, Gurley, Chiefs CB Marcus Peters, Raiders WR Amari Cooper and Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett are finalists for the Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of the Year.

Winston became the third rookie in NFL history to pass for more than 4,000 yards this season. He also set the Bucs rookie record with 22 touchdown passes and rushed for six scores.

Fans can vote at nfl.com/rookies.

Winston's wild 20-yard scramble on third and 19 in a home win against the Falcons in Week 13 has him as a finalist for the "Clutch Performer of the Year" award.

Fans can vote at nfl.com/castrol-edge.

Contact Greg Auman at [email protected] and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

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