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Four Minnesota Vikings Make Associated Press All-Pro Teams

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Four Minnesota Vikings Make All-Pro Teams

Four Minnesota Vikings have made the Associated Press All-Pro teams this year. Xavier Rhodes, Harrison Smith, Everson Griffen, and Adam Thielen capped off their fantastic 2017 seasons with All-Pro honors. A panel of 50 media members vote on the AP All-Pro award, and it is one of the most prestigious individual awards players can receive.

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith had one of the best seasons of his career in 2017 but still failed to make the Pro Bowl, but getting AP All-Pro first-team honors will soften the blow for him. Smith was the captain of a Minnesota defense that finished first in scoring and yards allowed. Smith finished 2017 with career highs in pass defended (12) and a team-leading five interceptions. Harrison also added 12 quarterback hits to his ledger, which is good for a team-best among other defensive backs. The award marks the first of his career, but it is easy to infer that this is not the last for The Hitman.

Xavier Rhodes

Xavier Rhodes lived up to the “Rhodes Closed” label that was given to him before the start of the season. Rhodes gets his first first-team AP All-Pro honors, and it is well deserved. Rhodes was given the task of following around the opposing team’s best receiver all season, which is impressive considering the quarterback rating for all quarterbacks throwing at Rhodes this season was just 73.0; good for the third highest in the NFL. Against All-Pro receivers Antonio Brown and Julio Jones, Rhodes allowed a combined seven catches for 86 yards and no touchdowns. Just like Harrison, you can expect this is not the last time Rhodes makes an All-Pro team.

Everson Griffen

Griffen entered 2017 as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL, and his stats this season proved that. In the first eight games of the year, the “Sack Daddy” Griffen had at least one sack in every single game. He is the first person to do so since Dwight Freeney in 2009 and Robert Mathis in 2005. On top of his eight-game sack streak, Griffen posted a career-high 13 sacks on the season. Griffen receives his first second-team AP All-Pro honors in his eight-year career.

Adam Thielen

Adam Thielen joins Everson Griffen as a second-team AP All-Pro in what was a breakout year for him. Thielen was the first Viking since Sidney Rice in 2009 to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving and his 1,276 yards ranked him at fifth among all other NFL players. Thielen is also only the third undrafted wide receiver ever to have 90 catches and 1,200 receiving yards. In one of the best feel-good stories of the year, Adam Thielen caps it off with his first ever AP All-Pro honors.

What Is Next

For the four Minnesota Vikings that made the AP All-Pro teams it is a fantastic accomplishment; however, these players will tell you it means nothing without winning the Super Bowl. These players all have a tremendous achievement that they will have to back up with great play this postseason. Their first test will be this Sunday when they take on the New Orleans Saints at US Bank Stadium.