Ex-Vikings star Jared Allen says he’ll ‘survive’ after not making hall of fame in first year of eligibility

Three former stars made the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night in their first year of eligibility, but former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen wasn’t one of them.

Among the 15 modern-era finalists, Allen, 38, was one of four on the ballot for the first time. Quarterback Peyton Manning, defensive back Charles Woodson and wide receiver Calvin Johnson all got hall nods.

Also making it were safety John Lynch, guard Alan Faneca, wide receiver Drew Pearson, a senior nominee, Tom Flores, a coach nominee, and scout Bill Nunn, a contributor nominee. All of inductees were announced on NFL Honors on CBS.

“As far as I feel about not making it this year, gotta get better,’’ Allen wrote in a text message to the Pioneer Press. “Ha ha ha. Honestly, it’s such a great honor to be a finalist. Lucky for me, Jesus, my wife and kids still love me. I survived 38 years without being a hall of famer, so I’m sure I’ll survive till if/when it happens. Lol.’’

Also Saturday, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert beat out Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Herbert received 41 votes from a national media panel of 50 while Jefferson got the other nine.

Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was one of 32 nominees (one from each team) for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The honor went to Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

Allen played in the NFL from 2004-15, including 2008-13 with the Vikings. He made four of his five career Pro Bowls and earned three of his four all-pro nods with the Vikings.

Allen is 12th on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 136, including 85 ½ with the Vikings. He had 22 sacks in 2011, which remains tied for the second most in league history.

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