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Peterson earns sixth Pro Bowl selection

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, Lions, Adrian Peterson Updated: December 27, 2013 - 8:35 PM

For the sixth time in his seven-year career, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been chosen to play in the Pro Bowl. No other Vikings were selected.

Peterson, the reigning league MVP who ran for 2,097 yards a season ago, began this season with a goal of rushing for 2,500 yards. Listed as doubtful for Sunday's season finale against Detroit because of groin and foot injuries, he'll likely end the season with 1,266 yards in 14 games. That's still the third most yards the year after a 2,000-yard season. Eric Dickerson had 1,234 the year after he rushed for the NFL record of 2,105.

Peterson also has a team-high 11 touchdowns, including 10 rushing, and a 4.5-yard average per carry.

Peterson's six Pro Bowl selections are tied for fifth-most in team history. The only people ahead of him are Hall of Famers: Guard Randall McDaniel (11), defensive tackle Alan Page (nine), receiver Cris Carter (eight) and offensive tackle Ron Yary (seven).

This is the first year the Pro Bowl will not be broken down by conference. The first Pro Bowl draft will be televised at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as team captains and select the teams.

The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 26 in Hawaii.

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