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Vikings' Peterson, Walsh AP first-teamers

Adrian Peterson and Blair Walsh earn lofty honors from the Associated Press.

Two Minnesota Vikings were first-team selections on the 2012 AP All-Pro squad released Saturday, as both tailback Adrian Peterson and kicker Blair Walsh were honored by media members.


Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway and fullback Jerome Felton made the AP's second team.


Peterson led the Vikings to a 10-6 regular-season record and a surprise playoff berth by amassing 2,097 rushing yards less than a year after major knee surgery. He also had 40 receptions and 13 total touchdowns. Peterson and Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt were the only two unanimous selections among AP first-team honorees.


Walsh, a rookie out of Georgia, connected on 35 field goals in 38 attempts. He also made all 10 of his 50-plus-yard field-goal attempts.


Greenway racked up 148 tackles for Minnesota's improved defense in 2012, to go along with 3.0 sacks and one interception. Felton earned acclaim for often clearing the way for long runs by Peterson, who rushed for the second-highest single-season yardage total in NFL history.


The AP All-Pro teams are selected annually by a national panel of 50 media members. The full teams are listed below.


FIRST TEAM


Offense


Quarterback--Peyton Manning, Denver


Running Backs--Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle


Fullback--Vonta Leach, Baltimore


Tight End--Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta


Wide Receivers--Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Brandon Marshall, Chicago


Tackles--Duane Brown, Houston; Ryan Clady, Denver


Guards--Mike Iupati, San Francisco; Jahri Evans, New Orleans


Center--Max Unger, Seattle


Placekicker--Blair Walsh, Minnesota


Kick Returner--Jacoby Jones, Baltimore


Defense


Ends--J.J. Watt, Houston; Cameron Wake, Miami


Tackles--Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Vince Wilfork, New England


Outside Linebackers--Von Miller, Denver; Aldon Smith, San Francisco


Inside Linebacker--Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco


Cornerbacks--Richard Sherman, Seattle; Charles Tillman, Chicago


Safeties--Earl Thomas, Seattle; Dashon Goldson, San Francisco


Punter--Andy Lee, San Francisco


SECOND TEAM


Offense


Quarterback--Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay


Running Backs--Alfred Morris Washington; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City


Fullback--Jerome Felton, Minnesota


Tight End--Jason Witten, Dallas


Wide Receivers--A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Andre Johnson, Houston


Tackles--Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Joe Staley, San Francisco


Guards--Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Logan Mankins, New England


Center--Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Placekicker--Phil Dawson, Cleveland


Kick Returner--David Wilson, New York Giants


Defense


Ends--Justin Smith, San Francisco; Julius Peppers, Chicago


Tackles--Justin Smith, San Francisco; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, and Haloti Ngata, Baltimore


Outside Linebackers--Chad Greenway, Minnesota; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco, Clay Matthews, Green Bay, and DeMarcus Ware, Dallas


Inside Linebackers--Daryl Washington, Arizona; London Fletcher, Washington


Cornerbacks--Champ Bailey, Denver; Tim Jennings, Chicago


Safeties--Eric Weddle, San Diego; Jairus Byrd, Buffalo


Punter--Thomas Morstead, New Orleans