Thomas was one of eight unanimous selections, joining quarterback Tom Brady, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, linebacker Von Miller, running back Adrian Peterson, kicker Justin Tucker, defensive end J.J. Watt and guard Marshall Yanda.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been recognized as one of the top players in the National Football League during the decade of the 2010s.
According to an online release, players were eligible only if they'd been selected at least once to a Pro Bowl, Associated Press All-Pro team or Pro Football Writers Association all-conference team during the 2010 to 2019 seasons.
Quarterback: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers.
He is a four-time first-team All-Pro who was the best corner of his generation, and one of the best defensive players in the league at his peak.
Peterson, the only non-quarterback to win MVP honors in the 10-season span, is accompanied by Lynch, Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy in the backfield.
Sproles, who played at Olathe North High School and Kansas State, was named to the team as a punt returner and offensive flex. He appeared in 101 games with the Browns and was selected to three of his six career Pro Bowls while with the Browns.
Defensive end Julius Peppers spent most of the decade playing for the Bears and the Packers, but he returned to Carolina to finish his career. Safeties are Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle and Eric Berry.
Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was a first-round pick by the Panthers in 2012.
The two current 49ers players who make up the roster are veteran tackle Joe Staley and cornerback Richard Sherman.
And the other cornerbacks along with Sherman were Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis while Chris Harris Jr., who has been nearly exclusively a cornerback in his career, also made it listed as a defensive back.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was named one of the all-decade team's coaches, with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who was also on the 2000s all-decade team, the other.