SI’s King selected Allen as his midseason All-Pro at defensive end, calling him the NFL’s “most disruptive” player. You’ll get no argument from me…or Aaron Rodgers.
King digs Allen’s game so much that he bestowed upon him the title of NFL midseason defensive player of the year, over even Darren Sharper and his 7 interceptions. PFW also likes Allen, naming him to their midseason All-Pro team opposite the Colts’ Dwight Freeney, while noting Allen’s oft-overlooked prowess against the run.
Allen’s D-line teammate Kevin Williams also cracked King’s list. The fabled SI columnist called the Allen/Williams combo the best DE/DT tandem of the last ten years.
Of course, any time you start talking about All-Pro anything, the name Adrian Peterson is bound to come up. PFW names Peterson the best running back in the league at the halfway point, noting that, despite Brett Favre‘s presence, teams have still been gearing up to stop AD first.
Peter King, however, passed over Peterson in favor of Tennessee‘s Chris Johnson, proclaiming Johnson’s first half performance “more explosive” than Peterson’s.
One guy both King and PFW can agree on is Percy Harvin, who was named top kick returner on both lists for housing two in the first half, and generally striking terror into the hearts of special teams coaches around the league. King also names Harvin first half rookie of the year.
As to the quarterback who has made the most impact the first half of the season, King and PFW are in lock step there as well. Both agree that Peyton Manning is the midseason All-Pro at the most glamorous of positions.
Not Brett Favre…though King does name him comeback player of the year. You knew King couldn’t get through a whole column without slurping Favre somewhere.