Minnesota Vikings Surprisingly Have Four Selected to All-Pro Team

By Andrew Fisher
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

We’re still weeks away from finding out who will win the NFL‘s most coveted individual awards like Most Valuable Player, but in the meantime the league has released its list of All-Pro players for 2012.

The Minnesota Vikings figured to get a few selections given their multiple Pro-Bowlers, but I honestly was not expecting four.

Adrian Peterson (RB) and Blair Walsh (K) were both first team selections, while Jerome Felton (FB) and Chad Greenway (LB) made the second team.

While I’m not shocked that the Vikings had four selections, I am a little surprised. I did not envision Greenway being selected, but only because he wasn’t initially selected to the Pro Bowl. Greenway was finally given the nod to head to Hawaii as an alternate, but the fact that he wasn’t selected right away made me pessimistic that he would earn any other postseason honors.

Greenway deserves the All-Pro selection, and he should have been selected to the Pro Bowl right away. When you’re third in the league in tackles (148), you deserve recognition. The fact that Greenway is an All-Pro, just shows how ridiculous Pro Bowl voting can be. I’ve got a feeling that if the fans did not have a say, that he probably would have made it when the original results were released.

As for the others, I don’t think you can even argue that Peterson, Felton, and Walsh shouldn’t be All-Pros. Peterson was a unanimous selection, Felton was arguably the best full back in the league, and Walsh set an NFL record with ten consecutive makes from 50-yards plus.

In the year of the rookie, Walsh surprisingly is the only one to receive first team honors.

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