Vikings' Peterson, Walsh AP first-teamers
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.
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
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
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
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