The accolades just keep coming for Holmdel native Quenton Nelson, the former Red Bank Catholic standout.
On Friday, the Indiabnapolis Colts rookie guard was named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team. Nelson was selected last month to play for the AFC in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27, although he’s hoping to be preparing for Super Bowl LIII that week, with the Colts taking on the Houston Texans in a wildcard game on Saturday at 4:35 p.m.
Nelson, a rookie guard, joined teammate Darius Leonard, also a rookie, on the first team. The last time two rookies from the same team were All-Pro selections was 1965, when Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers from the Chicago Bears were honored. Both went on to Hall of Fame careers.
The 6-5, 330-pound Nelson has not missed a snap at left guard for the Colts this season, and has been a key component in the team’s offensive resurgence. They have allowed the fewest sacks in the league (18) and rank in the top 10 in points-per-game (27.1), yards-per-game (386.2) and passing yards-per-game (278.8).
Nelson was selected with the sixth pick overall in last April’s NFL Draft out of Notre Dame, where he was and All-American for the Fighting Irish.