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Brandon Scherff Named AP First-Team All-Pro

The honor is the first for Washington in a quarter of a century.

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Washington right guard Brandon Scherff was named by the Associated Press as a first-team All-Pro this afternoon, bringing to an end one of the more remarkable and dubious streaks in franchise history. The honor is the first for any player in the burgundy and gold since punter Matt Turk in 1996.

Scherff has had a career year, and he can add the honor to his list of accolades this season after having been named to his fourth Pro Bowl in December, in addition to being voted as Washington’s winner of the Ed Block Courage Award given to the player who displays “extraordinary courage in the face of adversity.” Scherff, who has started all 78 of his career games in Washington was also named to the Pro Bowl in 2016, 2017, and 2019, and was selected for the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2015.

The 29-year old former first-round pick suited up in 13 games this season, playing in 79% of Washington’s offensive snaps, and according to STATS has been flagged for just one penalty this season, and is deemed as responsible for only a single sack all year.

In a statement Coach Ron Rivera praised Scherff and the role he played this season for this team, saying “Brandon’s toughness, his consistency and then just the resiliency that he shows dealing with that injury early in the year, being able to come back.” Adding, “... he’s just been a steady rock. Him and [tackle Morgan Moses] playing on that right side together ... those guys working together, playing together, and then obviously Chase [Roullier] at center, those are the leaders up front for us. They’ve done a great job, Brandon in particular. He brings it every day. He’s the same guy, the toughness, the blue-collar mentality. It helps, energizes and drives our team.”

The timing for Scherff was phenomenal as he is in for a big payday this upcoming offseason when he will an unrestricted free agent, having played the 2020 season under the franchise tag.