He’s made consecutive Pro Bowls and appearances on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list.
“He’s a competitor,” veteran Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said. “I’ve had some good battles with him over the years.”
In his sixth season, Staley was selected second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. The blindside protector was named a starter to the 2013 Pro Bowl team and played a key role in the 49ers offensive line winning the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award.
Staley has earned the respect of the league and his own teammates who witness his dedication on a daily basis.
“In our division we have a lot of good pass rushers and he does a good job,” third-year outside linebacker
It helps having to block Smith in one-on-one pass rushing drills in training camp. Staley hones his technique by matching up against San Francisco’s top edge rushers.
Allen is aware of Staley being allowed to play isolated against the opposition’s best rushers.
“They tend to leave him on an island and you get a lot of one-on-one opportunities against him,” Allen noted as a sign of respect.
At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, Staley has improved his body composition over the years to really become an elite player in the NFL.
“He’s not the heaviest or biggest tackle,” Allen said, “but he does a good job of using his strengths and his technique and his athleticism to get himself in the right position.”
Because of those abilities, Staley positioned himself as the No. 78 overall player in the league.