Well, the increasingly irrelevant Pro Bowl voting process has concluded and the Vikings will be sending four players to this year’s “contest” in Hawaii.
Running back Adrian Peterson, fullback Jerome Felton, defensive end Jared Allen, and kick Blair Walsh have all been selected. Peterson was an obvious choice, it is nice to see Felton and Walsh get the recognition they deserve, and Allen isn’t necessarily undeserving this year but was certainly aided by his name value.
An absolute abomination is that recently benched center Jeff Saturday received the honor over Vikings center John Sullivan. In fact, the Vikings offensive line being snubbed all together despite Adrian Peterson’s historic season is kind of, well, wrong.
It could also be argued that Antoine Winfield and Chad Greenway’s absence just further proves how underrated they are in today’s NFL that undervalues the importance of plain, simple, sound tackling.
Congrats to our four guys, and we’ll keep you updated on who might drop out and who might be filling in as alternates. All of that, of course, assumes the Vikings aren’t playing in the Super Bowl which is not totally 100% impossible.
The Vikings were expected to struggle greatly this week, as the Texans represent the AFC’s best, but they made it look easy as they cruised to victory.
A number of individual performances contributed to the win, but none really stand far out above the rest, so now you have the tough task of casting a single vote for this week’s VT game ball.
Here are your nominees:
CHRISTIAN PONDER: 16 of 30 for 174 yards and a touchdown. Seven runs for 48 yards.
ADRIAN PETERSON: 25 runs for 86 yards. One catch for 4 yards.
JARIUS WRIGHT: Five catches for 53 yards. One run for 8 yards.
BLAIR WALSH: Three for three on field goals (56, 41, 39) and two extra points.
HARRISON SMITH: Seven tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.
ANTOINE WINFIELD: Five tackles, one sack.
JASPER BRINKLEY: Three tackles, one forced fumble.
This is coming up at a random time for those of you that maybe don’t read the comments on VT regularly. The rest of you, well, you know why I’m posting this now.
I ran across a 2007 interview with Adrian Peterson, which you can read here, and wanted to post this quote from Peterson after he was asked about his nickname:
“I’ve been hearing that since I was two. I ran around all the time. Never wanted to stop. Never wanted to sleep. I just kept going all day. My dad and mom gave me the nickname. When I started playing ball, my coaches said the same thing about how I played, that I could go all day.”
So, while fans of the other 31 NFL teams might be content to use the initials of any given player’s birth name in assigning nicknames (initials are initials, though, not nicknames) it is only fitting that a uniquely incredible player like Peterson be assigned something different… as a toddler… a long, long time ago.
It’s “All Day” or “A.D.” and that is that.
Tomorrow cannot be the end of the world. I haven’t found out if the Vikings make the playoffs yet. I haven’t witnessed Adrian Peterson break the rushing record. So many unanswered questions!
Anyways, I wanted to share with you all what I daydream about: Peterson breaking both the single game record and single game record this week… against the vaunted Texans defense… on the same play. Pure awesomeness is what that would be.
Here is the best of the best from around the web. Enjoy!