Individual accolades certainly don’t take precedent over team success. But as we go through the negativity involved with losing 3 of 4 games at the end of a season, it’s nice to sprinkle in some positivity, too.
And that positivity is represented by the fact that 8 Vikings were honored late this afternoon by being named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. That is the most Pro Bowlers for a Vikings team since the 1998 squad sent 10 players to the annual NFL all-star game.
Five Vikings were named starters on the NFC – DE Jared Allen, G Steve Hutchinson, T Bryant McKinnie, RB Adrian Peterson and DT Kevin Williams. Three others – LB Heath Farwell, QB Brett Favre and WR Sidney Rice – will be backups.
Since 2006, the Vikings have had 13 different players recognized with 25 Pro Bowl honors. Hutchinson has earned his 7th straight honor, Favre has been named to the Pro Bowl 11 times in 19 seasons and Allen becomes the 1st Vikings DE to go to consecutive Pro Bowls since Chris Doleman did it in 1989 and 1990.
Farwell, McKinnie and Rice are being honored as Pro Bowlers for the 1st time.
This year’s Pro Bowl will be played the week prior to the Super Bowl in Miami, also the site of this year’s Super Bowl. This is a changeup from the normal set up, of course, because the Pro Bowl has been played in Hawaii the week after the Super Bowl on a regular basis since 1980.
So while these 8 Vikings players are surely honored to be named Pro Bowlers, they’d like nothing better than to be unable to play in the game because of a more important “bowl” game they’d have to play the following week.
Note: Check out the vikings.com blog early tomorrow morning, as we’ll have reaction from several of the Vikings Pro Bowlers, including Farwell, McKinnie and Rice.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Heath Farwell, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Sidney Rice, Steve Hutchinson
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Regular vikings.com Blogger Mike Wobschall’s computer took a dirt-nap last night / this morning, so thus the reason for no blog posts since last night. The good news is that the computer is getting worked on and should be up and running soon.
All in all, a crappy night in Chicago. Too many mistakes to overcome, even against a below-average team like the Bears. Thankfully, the Vikings are still in a position to get the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC, so long as they beat the Giants at Mall of America Field on Sunday and the Cowboys knock off the Eagles in “Big D.” Neither is a lock to happen, but the Vikings are money at home (7-0 and crushed a very good Bengals team just two weeks back) and the Cowboys already beat Philly this year on the road and are playing well heading into a huge game for both teams.
If the Vikings fail to secure a bye, they will host either the Cowboys or the Packers at the Dome next weekend, and then would have to travel to Philly or New Orleans should they advance for the Divisional Round. Yuck.
Meanwhile, at Winter Park, Head Coach Brad Childress will address the media today at about 3:15 p.m. or so after a team meeting. You can watch it live on vikings.com and we’ll — like always — have the on-demand video posted shortly after.
Also later today, at about 6:15 p.m., the NFL will announce the 2010 Pro Bowl rosters. Several Vikings are expected to be named, so stay tuned to vikings.com for that info as well.
Lastly, it kind of gets forgotten given how the game ended, but how awesome was the Favre-to-Rice touchdown? Click here to watch the video.
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