December 26, 2012

Minnesota Vikings' Jerome Felton Named To NFL Pro Bowl

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former Furman standout Jerome Felton of the Minnesota Vikings has been selected to play in the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 27 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the league announced today.

Felton, who was named the NFC's starting fullback, was among four Vikings chosen to participate in the game by vote of players, coaches, and fans.  Other Vikings named to the squad include running back Adrian Peterson, defensive end Jared Allen, and placekicker Blair Walsh.

Currently in his fifth NFL season but first with Minnesota, the 6-foot, 248-pound Felton has played a key role in Peterson's NFL leading rushing effort this year, helping clear the way for the Vikings' star, who has run for 1,898 yards and 11 touchdowns through 15 games.  Minnesota will attempt to secure a wild card berth to the playoffs when it entertains Green Bay this Sunday.

Felton was a fifth round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2008.  He spent three seasons in Detroit and split time with both the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts in 2011 before signing with the Vikings prior to the 2012 campaign.
 
While at Furman he earned 2007 Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) first team All-America honors after rushing for a team leading 705 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. A four-year starter, the Madisonville, Tenn., native and three-time All-Southern Conference selection finished his career as the top rushing fullback (2,652 yards) in Furman history and the school's all-time leading scorer (414 points).

A 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III selection, he graduated with a degree in political science.