Adrian Peterson is going to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time, and he’s bringing a couple of Sooners with him to Honolulu on January 27.
Peterson had a remarkable year for the Minnesota Vikings by rushing for 2,096 yards after overcoming a knee injury late in 2011. Since turning pro in 2007, he has been voted to the all-star game every year except 2011.
As a rookie, Peterson was named the MVP at the 2008 Pro Bowl by rushing 16 times for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns.
AD will have Trent Williams and Gerald McCoy joining him on the NFC squad. This is the first year both have been voted to the Pro Bowl, and all three should play barring any injuries.
Williams is in his third season as offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins. He starred at the same position for OU from 2006-09, and was an All-American in 2009. He is expected to be a backup for the Pro Bowl game.
Like Williams, McCoy was an All-American in 2009 and made the roster in just his third year in the NFL as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. He overcame a torn biceps injury to have one of his most productive seasons in 2012. The Southeast Oklahoma City High School product recorded 30 tackles, including five sacks, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble.
Sooners in the Pro Bowl
|Tommy McDonald||1958-62, 65||Philadelphia|
|Ralph Neely||1967, 69||Dallas|
|Greg Pruitt||1974-75, 77-78, 83||Cleveland, Los Angeles|
|Derland Moore||1983||New Orleans|
|Lee Roy Selmon||1979-84||Tampa Bay|
|Keith Jackson||1988-90, 92-93, 96||Philadelphia, Miami, Green Bay|
|Jammal Brown||2006||New Orleans|
|Davin Joseph||2008, 11||Tampa Bay|
|Adrian Peterson||2007-10, 12||Minnesota|
|Gerald McCoy||2012||Tampa Bay|
Lee Roy Selmon is the only other Sooner to earn MVP honors in a Pro Bowl. Selmon had four sacks and was named co-MVP in the 1982 all star game.