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Never let it be said that Pastabelly hates any team more than the Skins, or any columnist hates the Skins more than Pastabelly.

Just for the sake of comparison:

Gregg Easterbrook (TMQ) doesn't like the Redskins. We all know this. He thinks the team name is racist, and he can't stand Dan Snyder, and he relentlessly mocked Spurrier and to some extent Gibbs up until this season.

BUT, even knowing that, you have to give him credit in that he doesn't allow his opinion about the team name or anything else to prevent him from recognizing players when they deserve it.

Every year, he has a column that devotes space to the "TMQ All-Unwanted All-Pros" - the guys who got dumped in free agency, went to no-name schools, or came back from all sorts of tough circumstances to be all-pros. In this year's list, Ryan Clark makes the first team, and Mike Sellers and Marcus Washington make the second team.

Compare that to Pastabelly's similar category of "Unheralded" players. Many of the names are the same. Surely someone like Sellers should be on there for Special Teams, at the very least - for crying out loud, he's got seven touchdowns! - but no. Not a single Redskin on the list, even with some notable stretches in certain categories.

The full list is available here: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/flash/2005/theunheralded

The TMQ list is here: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/9107835

First team

Quarterback: Trent Green,* Kansas City.

Tailbacks: Warrick Dunn, Atlanta; Thomas Jones,* Chicago.

Fullback: Lorenzo Neal,* San Diego. (Let go four times!)

Wide receivers: Joey Galloway, Tampa; Rod Smith, Denver.

Tight end: Antonio Gates,* San Diego. (Did not play football in college.)

Offensive line: Matt Lepsis, Denver; Stephen Neal, New England; Willie Roaf, Kansas City; Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis; Brian Waters, Kansas City.

Defensive line: Brentson Buckner,* Carolina; Bryce Fisher,* Seattle; Adewale Ogunleye,* Chicago; Pat Williams,* Minnesota.

Linebackers: Gary Brackett, Indianapolis; Antonio Pierce,* Jersey/A; Mike Vrabel, New England.

Defensive backs: Ryan Clark,* Washington; Ken Lucas, Carolina; Deltha O'Neal, Cincinnati; Brian Russell,* Cleveland.

Special teamer: Sean Morey,* Pittsburgh.

Kick returner: B.J. Sams, Baltimore.

Punter: Brian Moorman, Buffalo.

Kicker: Neil Rackers, Arizona.

Coach: Bill Belichick, New England.

Second team:

Quarterback: Jake Plummer, Denver.

Tailbacks: Reuben Droughns,* Cleveland; Willie Parker, Pittsburgh. (Parker did not start in college.)

Fullback: Mike Sellers,* Washington. (Went to a community college, wasn't drafted, was let go twice in the NFL and spent two years in the CFL.)

WR: Plaxico Burress, Jersey/A; Joe Jurevicius,* Seattle.

Tight end: Jermaine Wiggins,* Minnesota. (Undrafted and let go three times!)

Offensive line: Rich Braham, Cincinnati, Ruben Brown, Chicago; Mike Goff, San Diego; Ryan Lilja, Indianapolis; Kareem McKenzie, Jersey/A.

Defensive line: Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tennessee; Montae Reagor,* Indianapolis; Paul Spicer,* Jacksonville; Gerard Warren, Denver.

Linebackers: London Fletcher,* Buffalo; Jeremiah Trotter,* Philadelphia; Marcus Washington, Washington.

Defensive backs: Keion Carpenter,* Atlanta; Al Harris,* Green Bay; Dexter Jackson,* Tampa (unwanted and recycled!); Darren Sharper, Minnesota.

Special teamer: Corey Ivy,* St. Louis.

Kick returner: Reggie Swinton,* Arizona. (Undrafted, cut twice in the NFL and cut twice in the CFL!)

Punter: Nick Harris,* Detroit.

Kicker: Adam Vinatieri, New England.

Coach: Mike Shanahan, Denver.

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