Chiefs LB Justin Houston named first-team All-Pro

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates a sacking of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers with Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (92) looking on during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates a sacking of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers with Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (92) looking on during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The end-of-season accolades continue for Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston.

Houston garnered first-team All-Pro honors, The Associated Press announced Friday.

Houston totaled 47 of a possible 50 votes to lead all outside linebackers. Elvis Dumervil of the Baltimore Ravens was a distant second with 13 votes.

The first-team recognition marked a first for Houston, who led the NFL with a career-high 22 sacks to secure the Deacon Jones Award, which is awarded annually to the NFL sacks leader.

Houston, who set a single-season franchise record with the 22 sacks, was also named to his third straight Pro Bowl. He broke one of the Chiefs’ most-revered records, which was previously established by the late Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas’ 20 sacks in 1990.

Houston, a fourth-year pro out of Georgia, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the NFL’s calendar year begins on March 10 barring a re-signing or the Chiefs utilizing the franchise designation on him.

The Chiefs had three other players receive All-Pro votes.

Fullback Anthony Sherman received 14 votes to finish second behind Packers fullback John Kuhn, who received 18 votes.

Center Rodney Hudson, who is also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, and rookie returner De’Anthony Thomas each received one vote.

The full list of 2014 first-team All-Pro selections with total votes in parenthesis, as announced by the AP:

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (44)
Running back: DeMarco Murray, Dallas (48); Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (44)
Fullback: John Kuhn, Green Bay (18)
Tight end: Rob Gronkowski, New England (50)
Wide receivers: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 49); Dez Bryant, Dallas (24)
Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas (35); Joe Thomas, Cleveland (22)
Guards: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore (38); Zach Martin, Dallas (24)
Center: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh (21)
Place kicker: Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis (25)
Kick returner: Adam Jones, Cincinnati (17)
Defensive ends: J.J. Watt, Houston (45); Mario Williams, Buffalo (24)
Defensive tackles: Ndamukong Suh, Detroit (41); Marcell Dareus, Buffalo (24)
Outside linebackers: Justin Houston, Chiefs (47); Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore (13)
Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina (43)
Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis, New England (42); Richard Sherman, Seattle (41)
Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle (39); Eric Weddle, San Diego (16)
Punter: Pat McAfee, Indianapolis (26)

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