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Adrian Peterson Only Viking To Make Pro Bowl Roster

Last year, the Minnesota Vikings placed an NFL-high ten players in the NFL Pro Bowl.

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This year? Significantly fewer. . .as in nine fewer.

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Yes, folks, there was only one member of the Minnesota Vikings was selected to play in the annual All-Star game for the National Football League. That player, not surprisingly, was running back Adrian Peterson, who has been having an outstanding season despite missing last week's game against the Chicago Bears with knee and thigh injuries.

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That figure ties the Vikings with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, and Denver Broncos as the only teams with one representative. The Atlanta Falcons led the NFC (and the NFL) by having seven players named to the squad, while the New England Patriots set the pace in the AFC with six Pro Bowl selections.

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As it stands now, Steve Hutchinson (7 straight Pro Bowls), Kevin Williams (4 straight), and Jared Allen (3 straight) are all seeing their streaks of consecutive Pro Bowls coming to an end. Sure, there will be guys that won't be participating in the game because of "injuries" or "illnesses" or "staying out clubbing all night and hanging out on Twitter and not feeling like actually practicing". . .wait, Bryant McKinnie didn't make it this year, my bad. . .but, as it stands now, there's only one Viking worthy of the label of "Pro Bowler."

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The only other guys on the team you could really make an argument for are all special teamers. . .Chris Kluwe at punter, Ryan Longwell at kicker, and Heath Farwell as the special teams. . .er, specialist. Those guys might still get in as alternates. Linebacker Chad Greenway has a chance of getting in as an alternate as well. Outside of that. . .you can't really complain about the Vikings only getting one player on the team.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.