The 2013 season was one for the record books.
Peyton Manning set a record for touchdown passes and passing yards. Receivers had more 100-yard games than ever.
League records for scoring (46.8 combined points per game) and passing touchdowns (804) were set.
It also was a great year for defenders trying to get to the quarterback, with a record 1,295 sacks.
With that in mind, here are my All-Pro players for the 2013 season.
Clayton's All-Pro Team
ESPN.com NFL senior writer John Clayton picks his 2013 All-Pro team:
|WR||Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions||Megatron fought through knee problems to register 17.8 yards per catch and 12 touchdowns. Plus, he had an amazing 14-catch, 329-yard game against the Cowboys.|
|WR||A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals||Green continues to evolve as a big-time receiver who has helped Andy Dalton and the Bengals make three consecutive trips to the playoffs.|
|LT||Joe Thomas||Cleveland Browns||Thomas is money. His consistency remains his strength. He allowed only 3.5 sacks this year.|
|LG||Josh Sitton||Green Bay Packers||Sitton did his usual good job with pass blocking, but his run blocking helped Eddie Lacy average 5.7 yards along the left side of the line, a yard better than he did to the right.|
|C||Dominic Raiola||Detroit Lions||At 34, Raiola had his best season on what might have been the most improved offensive line in football.|
|RG||Louis Vasquez||Denver Broncos||The Broncos' big offseason signing turned out to be a big score for Peyton Manning and the offense. Vasquez was worth every dollar for his pass blocking and run blocking.|
|RT||Zach Strief||New Orleans Saints||Strief provided consistent pass blocking to bolster the right side of Drew Brees' offensive line. He was beaten for only three sacks this season.|
|TE||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||Graham continues to take the tight end position to new levels. He puts up receiver numbers, catching 86 passes for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns.|
|QB||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||Manning had perhaps the greatest statistical season in NFL history and now sets his eyes on the playoffs.|
|HB||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||Charles edges out LeSean McCoy for this honor. His 1,980 combined yards was 37 percent of the offense for a team that went from being a 2-14 loser to an 11-win wild-card squad. His 19 touchdowns led the NFL.|
|FB||Mike Tolbert||Carolina Panthers||Tolbert was crucial to the Panthers' physical running attack, which helped them win the NFC South.|
|DE||Robert Quinn||St. Louis Rams||With 19 sacks, Quinn is a leading candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In his third season in the league, Quinn is a major force on defense.|
|DT||Gerald McCoy||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||McCoy moved slightly ahead of Ndamukong Suh this year because of his ability to get to the quarterback. He had nine sacks, which is very strong for a tackle.|
|DT||Dontari Poe||Kansas City Chiefs||Poe has become the best nose tackle in football and was a big factor in the Chiefs' going from two wins to 11. He works perfectly on a well-built Chiefs 3-4 defense.|
|DE||J.J. Watt||Houston Texans||The Texans' season might have been horrible, but Watt remains perhaps the best defensive player in the league. He's unblockable in Houston's 3-4 scheme.|
|OLB||Tamba Hali||Kansas City Chiefs||The Hali-Justin Houston outside linebacker combo was the best in the league this season. That was noticeable when Hali and Houston were injured in a loss to San Diego. Their absences took away an impressive Chiefs' pass rush.|
|ILB||NaVorro Bowman||San Francisco 49ers||When Patrick Willis was injured, Bowman showed that he could make plays all over the field. The Bowman-Willis combo remains the best inside linebacker duo in football.|
|MLB||Luke Kuechly||Carolina Panthers||Kuechly had a Ray Lewis/Brian Urlacher kind of year. He has been everywhere, leading the team with 156 tackles and adding four interceptions.|
|OLB||Robert Mathis||Indianapolis Colts||Mathis had 19.5 sacks, which led the league and eight forced fumbles. He seems to make big plays every week for the Colts' 3-4 defense.|
|CB||Richard Sherman||Seattle Seahawks||Sherman is a strong candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Amazingly, he had eight interceptions when fewer than four passes a game were thrown in his direction. He's allowed fewer than two completions a game against him.|
|S||Earl Thomas||Seattle Seahawks||He's had a Troy Polamalu-type season, roaming the field to make tackles and big plays. His range allowed the Seahawks to compensate while they were missing of two of their top three cornerbacks.|
|S||Eric Berry||Kansas City Chiefs||Not only was Berry great in coverage, but he was effective rushing the quarterback. He had 3.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hits.|
|CB||Darrelle Revis||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Revis rebounded from an ACL injury to return to Revis Island, beating out Tennessee's Alterraun Verner, my midseason choice. Opposing quarterbacks completed fewer than two passes a game against Revis.|
|K||Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens||His six field goals against Detroit brought attention to his great kicking. He made 38 of 41 field goals on the year, including 6-of-7 from 50 yards or more. He covered for some of the Ravens' red zone problems this year.|
|P||Shane Lechler||Houston Texans||In a year Ray Guy is up for Hall of Fame consideration, Lechler had a Ray Guy-type year for the Texans.|
|KR||Cordarrelle Patterson||Minnesota Vikings||No one was even close to him as a kickoff returner. His 32.4-yard average boggled the mind.|