Harrison Smith has been added to the Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and will join running back Adrian Peterson and defensive end Everson Griffen in Hawaii this weekend.
It is the first Pro Bowl selection for Smith in his four NFL seasons.
“It feels good,” Smith said through the team. “Being able to play in a game that’s kind of like an all-star game, but it’s not what I go out thinking about when I go out to play. I just go out and look for the win. I wish we were playing this past weekend, I wish we were playing [in the Super Bowl] two weekends from now, so the Pro Bowl wasn’t even a possibility.”
In 13 games, Smith made 66 tackles, picked off a pair of passes and forced a fumble. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.
I wrote a few weeks ago about how Smith was the most underrated safety in the NFL, so it’s nice to see him getting the recognition that he deserves.
Later Monday, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater also were added to the Pro Bowl roster.
The Pro Bowl will be played this Sunday night at 6 p.m. CT at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. It will be televised on ESPN if you want to tune in.