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Colts’ Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard become first All-Pro rookie teammates since 1965

Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard

The Indianapolis Colts have a lot to be proud of this season, and in regards to the All-Pro Team, they have two rookies who are representing their team for the 2018 season. Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard put on a show this season and were the talk of the team at times during their impressive rookie campaigns.

According to the Associated Press via ESPN, the rookie class this season is well represented on the All-Pro team for 2018.

“Nelson and Leonard are among four rookies on the squad, a first for the AP team. Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson and Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James also made it. The last time rookies from the same team were All-Pros was 1965. And that was not a bad combo: Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, both Hall of Famers.”

Darius Leonard was the team’s unlikely leader on defense this season, leading the league in tackles with 163. Quenton Nelson may have been the final piece that the Colts offensive line needed to finally become an elite unit, as he was arguably the team’s best lineman this season. Head coach Frank Reich had nothing but high praise for his rookie stars.

“These are the kind of guys who have the DNA, the makeup of everything that we are looking for,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “All the intangibles, all the character qualities, everything about them. It’s a really hard filter to get through to get marked that way, and both Quenton and Darius had that on their card. So that says something about their maturity and how fast we think they will develop.”