Multiple Vikings players selected to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games
By Adam Patrick
The rosters for the first annual Pro Bowl Games were revealed on Wednesday and the NFC side included five members of the Minnesota Vikings.
Even though the actual Pro Bowl exhibition game is no longer going to be played, the rosters for each conference are still selected in the same way. So when the league announced the AFC and NFC rosters for this season’s first annual Pro Bowl Games, we got to find out which members of the Minnesota Vikings were selected for the competition.
A total of five Vikings wound up being picked for the NFC roster this year, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receiver Justin Jefferson, outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, tight end T.J. Hockenson, and long-snapper Andrew DePaola.
Cousins (four times), Jefferson (three), Smith (three), and Hockeson (two) have all been selected to the Pro Bowl multiple times in their NFL careers. For DePaola, this is the first time that he’s been selected as a Pro Bowler since he entered the NFL in 2012.
More Minnesota Vikings players selected as alternates for the Pro Bowl Games
In addition to the five players that were selected to this season’s NFC roster for the Pro Bowl Games, several other members of Minnesota’s 2022 roster were picked as alternates for the competition.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, outside linebacker Danielle Hunter, fullback C.J. Ham, and kick returner Kene Nwangwu were selected as first alternates. Three Minnesota players were picked as second alternates, including left tackle Christian Darrisaw, safety Harrison Smith, and center Garrett Bradbury.
And finally, Vikings cornerback Kris Boyd (for his work on special teams) and linebacker Eric Kendricks were selected as third alternates for the NFC roster.
A number of notable Minnesota players weren’t even selected as alternates for the NFC, including cornerback Patrick Peterson, right tackle Brian O’Neill, and punter Ryan Wright.