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Falcons Star Guard Berated by All-Pro Honors

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First, Atlanta Falcons right-hand guard Chris Lindstrom didn’t earn a Pro Bowl invite, and now he’s being denied receiving All-Pro votes, according to Falcons team reporter Scott Bair.

Instead, the Dallas Cowboys’ Zach Martin was named to The Associated Press’s 2021 first-team All-Pro, and the Cleveland Browns’ Wyatt Teller was named second-team.

Lindstrom’s bootout comes as a surprise because while the Falcons’ offensive line ended the season 27th overall, Linstrom was the only guard in the league not to concede a sack in 17 games.

Having such an impressive season wasn’t easy for Lindstrom, who lost his mother Dawn to cancer just before the Week 16 matchup against the Detroit Lions.

Matt Ryan was sacked three times against the Lions, but Lindstrom wasn’t to blame, and the third-year guard was Pro Football Focus’ top-rated offensive lineman in Week 16, earning a 92.5.

Lindstrom wasn’t the only Falcons player to be disqualified from an All-Pro year, America’s favorite kicker Younghoe Koo and 2022 Pro Bowl rookie Kyle Pitts also received no votes.

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Lindstrom, a former Boston College guard, was the top offensive lineman coming out of the 2019 class when the Falcons drafted him 14th overall.

Unfortunately, Lindstrom’s rookie year was derailed due to injury. However, he came back healthy and ready to prove himself in the following season. Before the 2020 season even started, one special Falcons player made it very clear that he believed in Lindstrom.

Atlanta’s former six-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack said Lindstrom has the skills “to be as good as he wants to be.”

“Chris is going to be a really good player,” Mack said in May 2020, per The Falcoholic. “I know he works very hard and is mentally involved in things. He has a pretty good view of the field.

These things will take you very far. They add that with his physical abilities, how fast and strong he is, he could be as good as he wants to be. He has the work ethic to get him there.”

Lindstrom may or may not have heeded the words of his former teammates, as he is the Falcons’ only reliable offensive lineman to date.

Falcons star cornerback AJ Terrell and long snapper Josh Harris earned second-team All-Pro honors.

That honor is the second for Harris, who was also named to the 2022 Pro Bowl roster. Terrell, much like Lindstrom, didn’t make the Pro Bowl despite a breakout season in 2021.

Below is the list of the 2021 first and second All-Pro teams:

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This honor is the second for Harris, who was also named to the Pro Bowl 2022 roster. Terrell, much like Lindstrom, didn’t make the Pro Bowl despite a breakout season in 2021.

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