NEW YORK, JAN. 3 -- Bruce Smith and Derrick Thomas, the NFL's top sackers; Jerry Rice, the league's leading receiver; and Barry Sanders, the No. 1 rusher, today were named to the Associated Press All-Pro team, which also included Washington Redskins tackle Jim Lachey.

Buffalo Bills defensive end Smith trailed second-year linebacker Thomas in sacks 20-19 this season. Both were runaway leaders at their position in voting by a panel of 80 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL.

Rice, the fourth player in league history to catch at least 100 passes in a season, had exactly that number for the San Francisco 49ers, good for 1,502 yards and 13 touchdowns. He led all players with 78 votes. Smith had 77.

Joining Rice on the All-Pro team from the defending champion 49ers were quarterback Joe Montana, outside linebacker Charles Haley and safety Ronnie Lott.

Montana, who led the 49ers to a league-best 14-2 record, was voted All-Pro for the third time.


OFF. Players, teams

WR Jerry Rice, San Francisco;

Andre Rison, Atlanta

TE Keith Jackson, Philadelphia

T Anthony Munoz, Cincinnati;

Jim Lachey, Washington

G Bruce Matthews, Houston; Randall McDaniel, Minnesota

C Kent Hull, Buffalo

QB Joe Montana, San Francisco

RB Thurman Thomas, Buffalo;

Barry Sanders, Detroit

K Nick Lowery, Kansas City

KR Mel Gray, Detroit

DEF. Players, teams

DE Reggie White, Philadelphia; Bruce Smith, Buffalo

T Jerome Brown, Philadelphia

NT Michael Dean Perry, Cleveland

OLB Derrick Thomas, Kansas City; Charles Haley, San Francisco

ILB Pepper Johnson, N.Y. Giants; John Offerdahl, Miami

CB Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh;

Albert Lewis, Kansas City

S Ronnie Lott, San Francisco;

Joey Browner, Minnesota

P Sean Landeta, N.Y. Giants



WR: Andre Reed, Buffalo; Ernest Givins, Houston;

TE: Rodney Holman, Cincinnati; T: Luis Sharpe, Phoenix; John Alt, Kansas City;

G: Steve Wisniewski, L.A. Raiders; Mike Munchak, Houston; C: Jay Hilgenberg, Chicago; QB: Warren Moon, Houston;

RB: Marion Butts, San Diego; Neal Anderson, Chicago; K: Pete Stoyanovich, Miami;

KR: Dave Meggett, N.Y. Giants.


DE: Richard Dent, Chicago; Greg Townsend, L.A. Raiders;

T: Ray Childress, Houston;

NT: Jerry Ball, Detroit;

OLB: Lawrence Taylor, N.Y. Giants; Pat Swilling, New Orleans;

ILB: Mike Singletary, Chicago; Shane Conlan, Buffalo;

CB: Darrell Green, Washington; Kevin Ross, Kansas City;

S: Mark Carrier, Chicago; David Fulcher, Cincinnati;

P: Rohn Stark, Indianapolis.