Colts All-Pro LB Leonard, Bears RB Cohen honored

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FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis. On Friday, Darius Leonard and Quenton Nelson were rewarded for their remarkable debut seasons by becoming the second set of rookie teammates to be named first-team All-Pro. Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus were the other players to achieve the feat in 1965 and both went on to have Hall of Fame careers with the Bears. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Colts All-Pro LB Leonard, Bears RB Cohen honored

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis. On Friday, Darius Leonard and Quenton Nelson were rewarded for their remarkable debut seasons by becoming the second set of rookie teammates to be named first-team All-Pro. Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus were the other players to achieve the feat in 1965 and both went on to have Hall of Fame careers with the Bears. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Darius Leonard, the AP's Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Tarik Cohen have been honored by the Black College Football Hall of Fame as their top pro players for 2018.

The award, announced Wednesday, recognizes the most outstanding professional football player from a historically black college and university. Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea was selected as the inaugural recipient in 2017.

Indianapolis linebacker Leonard played at South Carolina State and was selected by the Colts in the second round of last year's draft. He finished his rookie season with an NFL-high 163 combined tackles (111 solo), eight pass deflections, seven sacks and one interception. His 163 tackles broke the franchise record and helped Leonard make the All-Pro team.

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Bears running back and return specialist Tarik Cohen attended North Carolina A&T and was drafted in the fourth round in 2017. During the 2018 season, Cohen rushed for 444 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 71 catches for 725 yards and five touchdowns, along with a league-leading 411 punt return yards. He was an All-Pro as a punt returner.

The awards were voted on by a selection committee featuring NFL front office members and media members.

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