Graham named first team AP All-Pro _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) runs after a reception against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson (29) in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was named a first-team All Pro by the Associated Press on Friday. Right guard Jahri Evans landed on the second team.

Graham led the NFL with 16 touchdown receptions, and he led the Saints with 86 receptions and 1,215 yards receiving. He received 49 of 50 possible votes.

His touchdown receptions are a team record. He was a second-team All Pro in 2011.

Evans has been named to five Pro Bowls in a row. He was on the last four All-Pro first teams prior to Friday.

The AP named the Broncos’ Peyton Manning as first team quarterback, but it did not name a second-team quarterback.

Regardless of that, Graham credited his honor to Saints QB Drew Brees.

“I just always appreciate Drew for making me the player that I am,” Graham said.

Graham added that he’d be better able to appreciate the recognition in the offseason. He said his sole focus on Friday was his team’s wildcard game in Philadelphia.

“Right now it’s all about those Eagles,” he said.