Hekker, Donald and Gurley Earn All-Pro Honors

Posted Jan 12, 2016

The Rams Pro Bowl trio was honored by the Associated Press on Friday.

ST. LOUIS –- Rams P Johnny Hekker, DT Aaron Donald and RB Todd Gurley have earned NFL All-Pro honors from The Associated Press for their efforts during the 2015 season. Hekker and Donald are first-team selections, while Gurley is a second-team choice.

Hekker’s recognition comes after turning in one of the best single-season punting performances in NFL history. He led the league in punts (96), gross punting average (47.9), net punting average (43.7) and punts downed inside the opponents’ 20 yard-line (41). Since the NFL began tracking punts downed inside the opponents’ 20, Hekker is the only punter to lead the league in that category as well as gross and net average in the same season.

Hekker also earned the honor following a 2013 season in which he set the NFL single-season record for net punting average (44.2). Hekker was also a second-team All-Pro selection in 2014.

Donald recorded 11.0 sacks in 2015, which tied him for the NFL lead among interior linemen. He also posted 22 tackles for loss (according to Rams coaches’ review) as well as 49 quarterback pressures and 29 quarterback hits.

Donald is just the third Rams defensive tackle to reach double digits in sacks since the NFL began recognizing the statistic in 1982. He finished the year one sack shy of surpassing D’Marco Farr for the most in franchise history by an interior lineman. A second-year pro, Donald is headed to his second Pro Bowl but earned All-Pro honors for the first time in his career.

Gurley ended the regular season as the league’s third-leading rusher, accumulating 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns on 229 carries. He was the first Ram since Steven Jackson in 2012 to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards and the first Rams rookie to hit the same mark since Jerome Bettis in 1993.

Gurley ranked second in the league with 403 fourth-quarter rushing yards. He was just 11 yards behind Minnesota's Adrian Peterson in that category, but played three fewer games.