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Kalil named to first Pro Bowl

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, NFC, Adrian Peterson, Chad Greenway, Jared Allen, Percy Harvin Updated: January 25, 2013 - 3:46 PM
If the Pro Bowl is held any later than Sunday, the Vikings might have to overnight their entire team to Hawaii.
 
Rookie left tackle Matt Kalil became the seventh Vikings player named to the Pro Bowl when Washington's Trent Williams was scratched due to injury. Kalil also is the third Viking added as an injury replacement, joining linebacker Chad Greenway and tight end Kyle Rudolph.
 
Kalil, the fourth overall draft pick, joined Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman (1986) and Todd Steussie as the only tackles to start all 16 games as a rookie. In doing so, Kalil was there every step of the way as running back Adrian Peterson ran for 2,097 yards, the second-highest rushing total in NFL history.
 
Kalil also is the fourth Vikings rookie to make the Pro Bowl since 2007. The others are Peterson (2007), receiver Percy Harvin (2009) and kicker Blair Walsh, also a rookie this year.
 
Peterson, Walsh, fullback Jerome Felton and defensive end Jared Allen were the Vikings' original selections to the  Pro Bowl.
 

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