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This Week’s Silver Lining – Pro Bowl Selections

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 29, 2009 – 6:14 pm

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.


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16 Responses to “This Week’s Silver Lining – Pro Bowl Selections”

  1. By moorevikes on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    are you kidding me “weeks silver lining” i don’t care how many of them go to the pro bowl. tell me how many are going to the super bowl? my “off the top of my head guess” none. mckinnie must have been on the computer day and night just casting votes for himself. most over rated tackle in the league. FIRE CHILLY! man just had a horrible thought 4 more years of predictable play calling. run to the right, run to the left, run up the middle, punt. did anyone else notice the difference in the 1st half compared to the second?1st half-chilly way 2nd half-favre way you don’t have to be a genius to figure who’s way is better. if only zigi could figure it out and FIRE CHILLY (incase you’re confused mr. wilf on who “chilly” is it’s the guy you gave a 4 year extension to) go vikes prove me wrong

  2. By Derek on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    If I was in the Super Bowl, and got voted to the Pro-Bowl, I wouldn’t play in the Pro-Bowl, becasue I could get hurt and miss the Super Bowl. What a dumb idea that was, to have the Pro-Bowl before the Super Bowl.

  3. By Derek on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    Maybe Favre should be the Vikes next head coach?

  4. By purplehorn on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    I agree Derek. Really incredibly dumb to have Pro Bowlers play before the big game. Hats off to a truly talented bunch of guys who do deserve the recognition. Keep the faith, never give up.

  5. By Thor on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    Read the entire post before trying to make an idiot of yourself, or else you’re sure to succeed. Superbowl members are not allowed to play in the pro-bowl!! Another great change by the geniuses in the NFL decision room. Next on the menu? Canada and England teams to join the NFL!!!

  6. By PAVikesFan on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    It seems like the last few years we’ve been at the top of the list with the most pro-bowlers, and, while it is an accomplishment, individually anyway, it always seems that the team at the head of the list is stricken by the football G O D S. Dallas in ’07, they set a record I think for sending the most over, it was a crazy number, and they got beat in their 1st playoff game. It’s good that the Vikings are representing the NFC well, but we’d rather be represented by bringing home the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy, b/c, that’s what it is all about. I thought Percy Harvin would have a good sh-ot at making it as a return man. The way Jared Allen has played recently, he shouldnt have made it, and Bryant McKinnie as well. I dont think Kevin Williams should have either, though I cant find a good replacement for him, so, just thinking out loud, I guess he’s better than most other DT’s

  7. By Scraaaaazy on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Congratulations to Vikings Pro-Bowlers. But the only thing that really matters is the Super Bowl. My biggest fear is that Favre throws the interception that ends the season, just like he’s done in the past, over and over again. That is a legitimate concern. Not a made up one, but a real, legitimate concern. Then, we have Chilly trying and failing to exercise control over the team and being ignored. What a joke. Chilly needs to let Favre bust a move to have a chance. But there still is concern that Bad Brett will show up. Yeah he’s been great so far, but that doesn’t mean he’s not gonna throw it all away either.

  8. By PAVikesFan on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    We’re more than #4. People talk about him like he’s the be all and end all, NO, he’s part of the equation. It doesnt matter how good he is, if our o-line cant block or if AP cant hold onto the ball, or if our defense doesnt feel like showing up, then it doesnt matter how #4 plays. There’s way too much focus on this guy, and I understand why, but, sometimes, I think our players get distracted by all the media attention. For the most part, we are a young team, with not many veteran players with playoff experience. So, our young guys arent used to all this media, and I think it’s affecting there play at times. I dont think tehy are as focused as they need to be. Playing in Minnesota, normally not a lot of media attention, but, it’s obviously different when u have all-world QB #4 and AP and 8 pro-bowlers. I think it’s a cur-se that we have 8 pro-bowkers, that’s just going to add more distraction and quite possibly go to our players’ heads. They dont know how to handle success, it’s evident in the way they’ve played recently. Mark my words, the truth is above

  9. By viks choke again on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    there is one thing that bothers me. now we haave to hope Dallas wins. i hate Dallas with a passion. not sure anyone remember the nfc championship game in 1977, but this team was the best ever, much better then the teams with 4 superbowl losses. the viks were winning the game by 6 points againt Dallas, with seconds remaining, they throw a 50 yard pass and the Dallas receiver pushes the viks safety and catches the ball and runs in for a touchdown. no penelity called, viks got robbed again, no replay back then either. Frans dad had a heart attack on that play and died. fran still talks about it. i remember that day like yesterday, and it changed my life. i was about 5 years old and just starting my life of all the dissapointments the team would bring me over the course of my life. i miss met stadium, lots of memories going there and freezing, but still warm inside

  10. By PAVikesFan on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    I have that game on DVD…The football G O D S started torturing us around that time, a little earlier…How many teams does that happen to???…Honestly???

  11. By viks choke again on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    yes,it happens alot in big games.it happened in 2001 when they said Brady’s arm was going forward, but replay clearly showed in was a fumble, open hand. Oakland got robbed there, but that wasn’t the afc championship game, that was a divisional playoff game. we got robbed in the nfc championship game for the right to go to the superbowl. i know we would of won that superbowl

  12. By Bruce on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Scraaaazy was three when he first met Brett
    He was 12 years old when Favre was a Jet
    Favre’s pen ran out of ink and Scraaaazy cried
    Because Scraaaazy really thought that Brett had lied

    Now Scraaazy is thirteen years old
    He still thinks Brett left him in the cold
    Someone please give Brett a pen
    Before Scraaaazy cries again

  13. By Bruce on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    Manning threw 6 picks in one game aginst the Chargers Scraaaazy. Why don’t you take a break on Favre and pick on him for awhile.

  14. By viks choke again on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    yea scraaazy, go bother the packers fans in their websight, your not a vikings fan

  15. By Viking-ology on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    I know that the season is not lost yet… but its looking oh so familier. Zigi, just a reminder, Cowher is coming back next year. Cut your losses with Chilly and get your team a real coach! Last nights game was pathetic. We were in the drivers seat for a one or two seed, and that was the effort we gave! Terrible game plan- we made Chicago look like all stars! Chilly can’t beat Philly as a Viking, and now he just gave his former team a late X-mas present. Heres hoping Dallas wins and Vikings stay perfect at home.

  16. By sandra lewis on Dec 30, 2009 | Reply

    please ziggy, fire chidress and hire bill cowher. please!!!!!!!!!! chilly is a terrible coach. our vikings deserve the best coach there is and that’s cowher. we have a great team and they deserve the best. we won’t get anywhere until chilly is GONE.

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