The Vikings may be struggling on the field, but if they don't make the Super Bowl, eight members of the team have a pretty solid consolation prize.
The 2010 Pro Bowl teams were just announced and the Vikings had eight players named. At quarterback, Brett Favre was selected as a reserve. Adrian Peterson was voted in as the starting running back. Sidney Rice was one of the two reserve wide receivers, Bryant McKinnie was named a starter at tackle and Steve Hutchinson was named a starter at guard.
On defense, Jared Allen was named one of the starting defensive ends and Kevin Williams was named one of the starting defensive tackles. Heath Farwell was named as the special teams player.
The Vikings had 14 players leading their respective positions in the fan voting, many of whom were left off the list. Many thought Percy Harvin would be named as the return man, but DeSean Jackson of the Eagles got the nod. There was some speculation Chad Greenway might get picked at linebacker, but that went to Redskins rookie Brian Orakpo. And many thought Ryan Longwell would get his first Pro Bowl bid after having a near-flawless season and winning the fan vote. But David Akers of the Eagles got selected.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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