Eight isn’t Enough: Percy Harvin Added to Pro Bowl Roster


The Vikings already had a league-high eight players in the Pro Bowl, including first-time honorees Heath Farwell, Sidney Rice and – stupefyingly enough – Bryant McKinnie.

Yesterday, a ninth Viking discovered that he too is being honored with a selection to the roster of NFL All-Stars.

Because Philadelphia‘s DeSean Jackson was voted in as both a receiver and kick returner, the choice was made to add a second kick returner, and the Vikings’ very own rookie sensation Percy Harvin was selected to be that man.

Harvin, before teams started kicking away from him in terror, added a quick-strike dimension to the Vikings’ return game, running back two for scores.  Harvin and Washington‘s Brian Orakpo are the only two rookies to make the Pro Bowl this year.

Of course, Harvin and the other Vikings will not actually be participating in the Pro Bowl, since it takes place the week after the conference title games, and they will be too busy preparing for the Super Bowl.

Tags: Brian Orakpo Bryant Mckinnie Desean Jackson Heath Farwell Minnesota Vikings Percy Harvin Sidney Rice

  • joe

    Preparing for the ???????

    Only if they don’t play chillyball and pretend to be a “power running” team.

    If they let Favre run the offense, spreading the ball to all of their weapons, including AD in a supporting roll, they are legit contenders.

    If they go back to chillyball and expect Favre to simply hand off to AD, they are out the first round.

  • JR

    Brian Cushing also made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Yo!

  • Mike

    Chilly’s plan to give the players a week off is smart.

    The Vikings have not performed well especially on the road the last 5 weeks, but the players are not to blame. The problem was not tempo or lack of effort. There is no need to show more old Rocky-type boxing films for motivation. In fact, the players need to recover from the beating they have taken.

    With all due respect to Chilly, the coaching staff has not put the players in a position to win. The Bears game proved the team should not just ram Peterson into defenses loading the box. With no due respect to Joe, just giving the ball to Favre resulted in losses to the Cards and Panthers.

    The biggest problem was the offensive game plans were too predictable as to whether they would pass or run. They allowed defenses to drop 7 and 8 back into coverage and teeing off with their front four, while still loading the box on runs.

    The coaching staff needs to take a week to design unpredictable yet flexible game plans that take whatever the defenses give them and don’t tell whether they will pass or run. The defenses and special teams will be fine as long as the offense moves the ball down the field and scores.

  • joe

    Mike – as always, you don’t have a clue.

    1. Defenses have not had to “load the box” to stop peterson. He is a feast or famine runner. Teams to not have to load the box to stop him.

    2. You stooooopid homers need to quit blaming Favre for the inability of chilly to put together a coherent game plan and the inability of the offense line to block.

    BRETT FARVE DID NOT GET TO PLAY HIS GAME AGAINST CARDS OR PANTHERS. The game plan sucked. It was not his fault and IN NO WAY reflects on his ability to run this offense.

    Get over it – QUIT BLAMING THE TEAMS BEAT WEAPON FOR LOSSES THAT WERE NOT HIS FAULT.

    I know in your little mind you want to believe that AD carries the team and your little purple vikings didn’t need a cast-off from the green bay packers to be contenders this year.

    GET OFF OF IT – Farve’s hands were tied in the 2 games you constantly complain about.

    Quit rewriting history to accommodate your tiny little world view of this team – one that consistently diss’s the teams biggest playmaker.

    It is patently foolish to proclaim in one sentence that the vikings need “to design unpredictable yet flexible game plans” and earlier in your post you are blasting Favre for being responsible for Panther/Card losses.

  • joe

    Let Favre adjust plays to take advantages of matchups (which he has been free to do the last six quarters) and you have unleashed a powerhouse offense.

  • lorenzo4

    Geez, am I the only one that only gets this site to work after 5 PM every night? Is it a MAC thing?

  • joe

    Favre named Player of the Week

    Eden Prairie, MN – Vikings QB Brett Favre has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the 3rd time this season, the most times he has been recognized in a season in his 19-year career. Favre threw for 316 yards and 4 TDs in Sunday’s win against the NY Giants. He tied a team record with his 6th 300-yard passing game of the season and became only the 3rd Vikings QB to break 4,000 yards passing in a season.

    Favre has been named either NFC or AFC Offensive Player of the Week 16 times in his career. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week 11 times as a Packer, earned the AFC award 2 times in 2008 with the Jets and 3 times as a Viking in 2009. The award is the 6th NFC Player of the Week recognition earned by a Viking in 2009, 4 of those on offense.

  • Kyle Williams

    Jairus Byrd, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, and Johnny Knox also made the Pro Bowl as rookies