After the season that’s unfolded in 2012, you had to figure the Minnesota Vikings would get several players voted to the Pro Bowl. Wednesday, it was announced that Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, Jerome Felton, and Blair Walsh all were selected.
The only shoo-in of the group was Peterson. Undoubtedly, A.D. is a pro-bowler in 2012, and the only question left is if he’s the MVP.
Peterson’s partner in crime, Felton, was almost certain to be selected as well. Peterson has thanked Felton and given him lots of credit all year for his help in the blocking game. You could easily say Felton has helped pave the way for history so far this season from the fullback position.
Rookie sensation Blair Walsh has already made NFL history this year by connecting on nine field goals of 50 yards or more. Walsh has made 32 of 35 attempts, including a perfect nine for nine from 50-plus. He’s also recorded 49 touchbacks, which has made a major difference for the defense all year long.
The biggest surprise selection has to be Allen though. It’s weird to even say that, but of all the selections he was the most surprising to me. Not saying Allen doesn’t deserve the honor, but statistically he just hasn’t had that great of a year (43 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 forced fumble). However, what Allen brings to the table in terms of an impact on the game is something that can’t be measured. He’s frequently double-teamed, and every offense must plan accordingly against No. 69.
So as we near the end of the 2012 regular season, four Vikings have deservedly been voted to the Pro Bowl. The team will be well represented, but I think there’s one more guy that deserves recognition.
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