Jared Allen will not travel alone to Hawaii for this year’s Pro Bowl. Fellow defender Chad Greenway has also been named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster and will make his first apperance in the NFL’s all-star game.
Greenway recorded a team high and personal best 174 tackles in 2011, and now has led the Vikings in tackles from 2008-11. He also ranked 3rd on the team in tackles for loss with 13.0, tallied 2.0 sacks, registered 4 passes defensed and recovered one fumble.
“On behalf of the entire Vikings organization, our congratulations go to Chad for this great honor,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “Chad is a vital part of our team, and the fact that he led our team in tackles and was also third in tackles for loss this season is proof of that. His production on the field has been matched only by his leadership in the locker room and off the field. Hopefully this is the first of many more Pro Bowls for Chad.”
The South Dakota native will replace Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs who is unable to play due to an injury. This marks the second straight season where a Vikings’ LB has been selected to the Pro Bowl as E.J. Henderson was named last season. Since 2006, the Vikings have sent 3 of the past 4 players selected in the 1st round to the Pro Bowl (Greenway, Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin).
Greenway was also named the Vikings 2011 Community Man of the Year. Head to www.greenway52.com for more information about Chad’s community efforts.
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If you’re a football fan, whether it be college football, pro football or both, tonight is must-see TV. Alabama and LSU will battle in the BCS title game in New Orleans tonight in a game that will feature several future NFL players, including perhaps a handful of players who will be selected with 1st-round picks.
With the Vikings currently holding the #3 overall selection in April’s draft, tonight’s Alabama-LSU game also becomes must-see TV for Vikings fans.
Both Alabama and LSU boast CBs who will be worthy of Top 10 picks, with Dre Kirkpatrick suiting up in the crimson and white of Alabama and Morris Claiborne sporting the purple and yellow of LSU. Another player who may be selected in the Top 10 – not by the Vikings, though – is Alabama RB Trent Richardson. Alabama had another RB last year – Mark Ingram – taken in the 1st round, and it seems almost certain that Richardson will make it back-to-back years with a 1st-round RB for Alabama.
While it’s an impressive feat for Alabama’s offense to have back-to-back 1st-round RBs, there’s no question that the strength of both of these teams is defense. Claiborne and Kirkpatrick are the top prospects for each team, but each team also has two other defensive players who could go in the 1st round. LSU features a pair of talented defensive linemen in DE Sam Montgomery and DT Michael Brockers. Alabama, meanwhile, boasts S Mark Barron and OLB Courtney Upshaw.
These names might not be household to most Vikings fans. But that might not be the case after watching tonight’s BCS title game.
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