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Feelin’ The Love

Peterson Pro Bowl

The Vikings have sent quite a few players to the Pro Bowl over the years.  This year, however, it looks like perhaps they’ll be sending a few more than usual.

According to the Star Tribune, many Vikings players have the lead in the NFC at their respective positions.  The players in the lead are running back Adrian Peterson, fullback Naufahu Tahi, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, center John Sullivan, defensive end Jared Allen, defensive tackle Pat Williams, kick returner Percy Harvin, kicker Ryan Longwell and special teams player Heath Farwell.

I have to admit that I am surprised to see Naufahu Tahi, Bryant McKinnie, and John Sullivan anywhere near the top of these lists.  Pro Football Talk suggests in a recent article that Vikings fans stuffing the ballot box is the best explanation for this. (It’s not a bad idea, vote here)

I think it likely has more to do with the success of the Vikings as a whole and the fact that they have received more prime time exposure than perhaps any other team.  After all, you aren’t required to pass a football I.Q. test in order to vote (vote for Vikings players here) at the NFL’s site.  Anybody can do it.

Also near the top of the race is quarterback Brett Favre, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, offensive guard Anthony Herrera, cornerback Antoine Winfield, outside linebacker Chad Greenway and punter Chris Kluwe.  They are all second in the NFC at their respective positions (you can change that by voting here).  I find it interesting that Pat Williams has more votes than Kevin Williams, despite Kevin clearly having the stronger season.

Also, we will probably be seeing another Vikes player added to this list soon enough.  Wide out, Sidney Rice, leads the NFC in receiving yards after last week’s spectacular performance.  For this performance, he was named the NFC’s offensive player of the week.  If you want to see Sidney play in the Pro Bowl then… you… can… vote here.

While we would all love it if no Vikings were playing in the Pro Bowl, since that means they’re playing in the Super Bowl the following week, it is nice to see them get recognized.

Especially if that recognition comes from a national audience, and not from petty, childish ballot stuffing.

Vote Here.

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7 Responses to “Feelin’ The Love”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Another great post Adam. Thanks. I think alot of the voting has to do with fans feeling good about their team. If the fans arent feeling good, they are probably not going to waste the time to vote. The perception being they dont have anyone worth voting for. I know I get that way when the Vikes arent doing well. I too am very suprised on Tahi, McKinney and Sully. I’ll give Sully a pass but the other two, cmon give me a break.

  2. Brendan Engle says:

    I know you aren’t a huge McKinnie fan Adam, but I would have to disagree with your assessment. He is playing pretty close to a Pro Bowl level. Sure he has some plays where he looks lost, but he has given up a total of ONE sack all season. One sack for a LT who is dominant in the run game is pretty darn good. From what I can remember (and I’ve watched ever play, but haven’t really kept tabs) he isn’t getting penalized as often as in the past. All in all, I’ve been very pleased with our D-Line as of late.

  3. Brendan Engle says:

    Whoops, I meant O-Line

  4. Pat says:

    As much as I dislike McKinnie I have to agree with Brendan. McKinne has been having a heck of a year compared to the last few years. Sean Jensen of wrote an article about his play this year that was decent.

  5. starrc10 says:

    I am with you Adam, What the Heck is up with people voting more for Pat than Kevin?! I am truly glad fan voting is as small a portion as it is and would even be glad to see the 1/3 portion reduced.

  6. IQ Test says:

    McKinnie was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2002 NFL Draft. He started every game for Minnesota from 2003-2007, and has a streak of 80 consecutive games started. At 6’8″ and 335 lbs with size 18 EEE feet, McKinnie is the largest offensive lineman on the Vikings roster.

    That is just a portion about Mckinnie that I know…

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