There are lots of All-Pro teams out there but the AP All-Pro team is THE All-Pro team. That’s the one you want to be on for sure. That’s the one that shows up when they go down your Hall of Fame resume at the end. That’s the official All-Pro team of record.
I’m happy to announce that now two 2012 Vikings can add an official certified AP All-Pro selection to their resume. 2000-yard rusher Adrian Peterson is All-Pro at running back for the fifth time in his career. He is joined on the first team by kicker Blair Walsh, who being a rookie is naturally a first-time selection. Peterson was a unanimous selection. J.J. Watt was the only other player unanimously selected to the first team.
The Vikings also have two second team All-Pro picks this year. Jerome Felton makes it at fullback (he was beaten out for the first team by Vonta Leach). And Chad Greenway makes the list at linebacker. Felton was key to Adrian Peterson’s ultimately unsuccessful run at Eric Dickerson’s all-time rushing record. Greenway was the most consistent performer on an improved Minnesota defense.
Several Vikings made the “others receiving votes” list including John Sullivan (who was first team All-NFL for PFW/PFWA), Jared Allen, Phil Loadholt and Matt Kalil. No votes for Jerome Simpson.