On Friday, it was revealed that the Associated Press unanimously selected Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson as a First-Team All-Pro this season.
After a record-breaking performance during the 2022 regular season, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson was honored by the Associated Press on Friday as they selected him as a unanimous First-Team All-Pro.
This is the first time in Jefferson‘s three-year NFL career that he’s been named a First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press. The star Vikings receiver and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce were the only two players from the league that were unanimous First-Team selections by the Associated Press this season.
Along with Randy Moss and Cris Carter, Jefferson is the third wide receiver in the history of Minnesota’s franchise to earn a First-Team All-Pro selection from the Associated Press while in a purple and gold uniform. Moss and Carter, of course, went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Justin Jefferson not the only All-Pro from the 2022 Minnesota Vikings
On Friday, Jefferson was one of multiple members of this season’s Vikings roster that were honored by the Associated Press.
In addition to Minnesota’s superstar wide receiver, Vikings long snapper Andrew DePaola was also selected as a First-Team All-Pro for the first time in his NFL career. Jefferson and DePaola are the only two members of Minnesota’s 2022 roster that were named to the First Team by the Associated Press this season.
The Vikings were represented on the All-Pro Second Team by kick returner Kene Nwangwu. This is Nwangwu’s first All-Pro selection from the Associated Press since he entered the league in 2021.
DePaola is the first long snapper in Vikings history to earn All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press, and Nwangwu is the first Minnesota kick returner to make an Associated Press All-Pro team since Cordarrelle Patterson was selected as a First-Team All-Pro in 2016.
T.J. Hockenson, Christian Darrisaw, Brian O’Neill, Patrick Peterson, Harrison Smith, Cam Bynum, and Josh Metellus all received at least one Second-Team All-Pro vote from the Associated Press this season, but none of these 2022 Vikings earned enough votes for an actual spot on the Second Team.