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Minnesota Vikings Offseason: Jared Allen Named To AP All-Pro Team

The Associated Press has named their 2011 National Football League All-Pro team, and the Minnesota Vikings had but one representative on the squad.

It should come as a surprise to nobody that defensive end Jared Allen was named an All-Pro this season. After all, he came up just half a sack short of trying Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5, and threw in 66 tackles, a safety, three passes defended, four forced fumbles, and even an interception for good measure.

Allen was named on 49 of the 50 ballots for the All-Pro team, one of two players to be that close to unanimous choices for the squad. Detroit Lions' receiver Calvin Johnson also received 49 of 50 votes.

(Kind of makes you wonder who the guys were that decided that Jared Allen and Calvin Johnson weren't All-Pros, doesn't it?)

Congratulations to Jared Allen on a well-deserved honor to put a fine finish on one of the best individual efforts that we've seen in recent NFL history.

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