The Vikings already had 5 Pro Bowlers. But a reinforcement is coming for good measure.
TE Kyle Rudolph has been named to his first Pro Bowl, as he replaces Tony Gonzalez for the NFC squad.
“When I first heard, I was surprised,” Rudolph said. “I’m just so excited and honored to be playing in the Pro Bowl. It is a dream come true, a dream I had since I was a little kid.
“Having six guys in the Pro Bowl says a lot about our team. All offseason we had the mindset and the mentality that the sky was the limit. We kept that to ourselves within the locker room and worked hard all off season. It paid off during the regular season.”
Rudolph tied for 1st in the NFC among TEs with a career-high 9 TD receptions during the regular season, which was good for 2nd in the NFL behind only New England’s Rob Gronkowski. The second-year product out of Notre Dame also recorded career-highs receptions (53) and receiving yards (493) in 2012.
Rudolph, who started all 16 games in 2012 and the team’s Wild Card playoff game, becomes the first Vikings TE to make the Pro Bowl since Byron Chamberlain did so in 2001. He joins fellow Vikings Jared Allen, Jerome Felton, Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson and Blair Walsh in Hawaii.
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