Trent Williams, 33, the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history and a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, is finally a member of an Associated Press All-Pro team.
The 49ers left tackle and his teammate, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, were both selected first-team All-Pros on Friday by the AP’s 50 voters. It marked the first time the 49ers had multiple players voted to the first team since 2012, when they had six.
Williams was the first 49ers offensive tackle voted to the first team since Harris Barton in 1993. Samuel was the first 49ers wideout voted to the first team since Terrell Owens in 2001.
This season, Williams earned the highest overall Pro Football Focus grade (98.2) by any player since PFF began its grading system in 2006. Samuel became the first player in NFL history with at least 1,200 receiving yards (1,405) and 300 rushing yards (365) in the same season. His 14 touchdowns were the most by a 49er since Owens had 14 in 2002.
The honor was particularly meaningful to Williams given his wait. Despite his longtime status as one of the NFL’s top players at his position, he had never been a second-team All-Pro in his first 10 seasons.
Williams was asked Thursday about potentially filling the hole in his resume by being named an All-Pro, a more exclusive honor than a Pro Bowl distinction.
“I think it would feel good. Finally,” Williams said. “It sucks because I…