Jared Allen had the best season of his career and the best season we’ve seen from a defensive end in a long time in 2011, and he’s earning recognition for it, too. Allen was named to his 4th career Pro Bowl in late December and now the Associated Press has announced that Allen was named a First-Team All-Pro.
This marks the 4th time Allen has been named an All-Pro (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and it comes after the most productive season of his career. Allen had a Vikings single-season franchise record and NFL-leading 22.0 sacks, while also tallying 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 1 INT and 1 safety. We made the case last week that Allen should be named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, and making the AP’s First-Team All-Pro team is another good indication that he’ll garner serious consideration for that honor as well.
Allen received 49 of a possible 50 first-place votes, which means the only thing more amazing than his performance on the field in 2011 is the fact that someone with a vote didn’t deem Allen worthy of First-Team All-Pro honors.
Congratulations to Jared Allen on another well-deserved honor!
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