Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was named to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for for Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. Rudolph caught 53 passes for 493 yards and 9 TDs in his second NFL season.
Rudolph is joining running back Adrian Peterson, kicker Blair Walsh, defensive end Jared Allen, fullback Jerome Felton, and linebacker Chad Greenway (who was added as an injury replacement), as the sixth Vikings player in the Pro Bowl.
As we’ve previously pointed out, we are very excited to see six Vikings in the Pro Bowl, but it seems odd to have so many. While the NFC North champ Green Packers are only sending three players to Hawaii this year (Aaron Rodgers, Jeff Saturday (despite having a very average year), and Clay Matthews), the Vikings are sending six.
In fact, the Vikings are sending the most players in the NFC North The Chicago Bears are sending five players (Julius Peppers, Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Brandon Marshall and Henry Milton). The lowly Lions are sending only one player to the Pro Bowl (Calvin Johnson). This might be indication enough that the system might be broken. When the Vikings and Bears are each sending nearly twice as many players to the Pro Bowl than division winning Packers, something might be wrong. It pains us to say this because we hate the Packers, but it’s true.
Don’t believe us? Try this on for size. Only two other teams in the NFC are sending as many players as the Bears. The upstart Seattle Seahawks have five Pro Bowlers this year, tied with Chicago. The NFC’s Super Bowl bound San Francisco 49ers are sending a conference leading eight players. This leaves the Vikings sending the second most players in the NFC. Clearly something is broken.