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Vikings send 4 to Pro Bowl: Peterson, Allen, Felton, Walsh

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings, AFC, NFC, Packers, Super Bowl, Vikings off the field, Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen Updated: December 26, 2012 - 6:43 PM

Adrian Peterson’s pursuit of the NFL rushing record made him an easy choice for the Pro Bowl.

And the man who paves the way for Peterson, fullback Jerome Felton, is headed to Honolulu as well.

Peterson and Felton were joined on the NFC Pro Bowl squad by teammates Blair Walsh, a rookie kicker, and defensive end Jared Allen.

The teams were named on Wednesday night. The game is Jan. 27 in Honolulu; players whose teams make the Super Bowl will not play in the Pro Bowl, meaning there will be several replacements before the game.

Here are the complete rosters.

Peterson is 208 yards away from the NFL record of 2,105, set by Eric Dickerson in 1984, entering the season finale Sunday against the Packers.

“It just goes to show when you put your faith in God and you put in the work, you can accomplish great things,” said Peterson, who made a remarkable comeback from major knee surgery.

Said Felton, who was signed as a free agent before the season: “I felt like it was something I could achieve if I was able to land in the right spot and Minnesota has been that place for me. When you have a back like Adrian Peterson, running the ball is going to be your identity.”

Peterson and Allen, who has an NFL-high 115 sacks since 2004, were both chosen for their fifth Pro Bowls.

“This time around it’s extra special because I’ve had to battle through some injuries,” Allen said.

Walsh set an NFL record with nine field goals of 50 yards or longer, and heard about his selection from special teams coach Mike Priefer.

“ I got the news this afternoon from Coach Priefer, which was appropriate because he put a lot on the line when the Vikings drafted me and I owe him so much for the season that we’ve had,” Walsh said. “It’s been an unbelievable year and I hope that it’s not done for a long while yet.”
 

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