Vikings’ Justin Jefferson named second-team all-pro, misses first team by one vote
EAGAN, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson fell one vote shy Friday of reaching his goal of first-team all-pro.
Jefferson was selected to the 2021 second team, an honor he also received last season as a rookie. This season, he was trying to become just the fourth receiver in team history to earn first-team honors.
In voting by 50 national media members for the Associated Press, which handles the NFL’s official all-pro team, Jefferson received 20 votes to finish fourth among receivers, and the top three made the first team. Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams and Davante Adams of Green Bay both were unanimous choices with 50 votes. Edging out Jefferson for the third spot was San Francisco’s Deebo Samuel with 21 votes.
The only other receiver to get a vote was Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase, who received nine votes and joined Jefferson on the second team.
Vikings receivers to make first team all-pro have been Gene Washington (1969), Cris Carter (1995, 1999) and Randy Moss (1998, 2000, 2003). Jefferson hoped to become the next to make the first team.
“That’s definitely what I want to do,” he said late in the regular season. “That’s one of the things I wanted to accomplish this season.”
No other Vikings player made first- or second-team all-pro. Rookie Kene Nwangwu was third at kickoff returner with seven votes, and Brian O’Neill was third at right tackle with three votes. Harrison Smith received one vote at safety.
Former University of Minnesota star De’Vondre Campbell was named first-team all-pro at linebacker for Green Bay. That came after Campbell was snubbed last month in voting for the Pro Bowl.