Four Vikings named All-Pro

The Vikings led all NFL teams with four players being voted to the Associated Press All-Pro team, which was announced Thursday.

The Vikings earned some more postseason honors Thursday, as they led the NFL with four players being selected to the Associated Press All-Pro team. The team, selected by 50 NFL writers, selects a starting lineup from both conferences.

The four Vikings selected were Adrian Peterson, Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen and Kevin Williams. For Hutchinson and Allen, it was their fifth time each being selected to the All-Pro team. For Peterson and Allen, it was their third straight selection to the All-Pro team.

Peterson received 17 votes for the All-Pro team, in which Chris Johnson of the Titans was a unanimous selection. Peterson edged out Ray Rice of the Ravens (12 votes) for the other starting spot.

"I'm looking to the Super Bowl. That's what I want," Peterson said when told of his All-Pro election on Thursday. "Everything else really doesn't mean anything if you don't accomplish that ultimate goal, so that's what I'm looking at. If I get a Super Bowl ring, that would be lovely."

Hutchinson led all guards with 31 votes, three more than fellow All-Pro member Jahri Evans of the Saints.

Allen led all defensive ends with 45 votes, followed by Dwight Freeney of the Colts with 36 votes. No other defensive end got more than nine votes.

Williams finished second in the voting for All-Pro defensive tackles with 24 votes – five behind top vote-getter Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys and just one ahead of Darnell Dockett of the Cardinals.

Other Vikings who received votes were offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who finished tied for seventh among tackles with four votes, Pat Williams, who finished tied for sixth among defensive tackles with one vote, and Percy Harvin, who finished third among kick returners with one vote.

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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