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Packers KR Keisean Nixon named to PFWA's All-NFL team

Green Bay CB Jaire Alexander voted to All-NFC squad

CBs Keisean Nixon and Jaire Alexander
CBs Keisean Nixon and Jaire Alexander

GREEN BAY – The accolades keep pouring in for Keisean Nixon and Jaire Alexander.

On Monday, Nixon was honored as the kickoff returner for the Pro Football Writers of America's All-NFL team, while Alexander was voted to the All-NFC squad at cornerback. Earlier this month, both Nixon (first team) and Alexander (second team) were voted to the AP All-Pro squads.

By proxy of his inclusion on the All-NFL team, Nixon also was the selected to the PWFA's All-NFC squad with Alexander.

The 25-year-old Nixon finished the season with a league-leading 1,009 yards on kickoff returns, becoming just the third player in team history to lead the NFL in the category (Al Carmichael in 1956 and 1957, Dave Hampton in 1971). He was just fourth player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to post 1,000-plus yards on 35 or fewer kickoff returns, joining Cordarrelle Patterson (2015, 2020), Joe McKnight (2011) and Alvin Haymond (1970).

Nixon was named the NFL Special Teams Player of Week 17 after returning a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Packers' 41-17 win over Minnesota, the first kickoff return TD by a Packer since Randall Cobb's in the 2011 opener vs. New Orleans. It was the third-longest kickoff return in team history behind Cobb's 108-yarder and Carmichael's 106-yard TD vs. Chicago on Oct. 7, 1956.

Nixon led the NFL in kickoff returns of 50-plus yards (five, no other player with more than two) and 30-plus yards (11), the most by a Packer in both categories since 2000. His average of 28.83 yards per kickoff return was second in the NFL this season and the best single-season mark in franchise history among players with 30-plus kickoff returns.

Alexander led Green Bay with 14 passes defensed and a career-high five interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL). The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback started 16 games, recording 56 tackles (41 solo), including four tackles for loss.