Kyle Rudolph’s Pro Bowl campaign failed to earn the Vikings tight end a spot in the NFL’s annual all-star game.
The Vikings will be represented by defensive end Everson Griffen, safety Harrison Smith, kick return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. The selections are based off voting from coaches, players and fans.
The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 29 in Orlando, Fla.
Rudolph was considered to be a favorite for the Pro Bowl, tied for fourth among NFL tight ends with 66 receptions and ranked in the top five in yards and touchdowns. Rudolph’s off-field campaign was arguably just as impressive.
The 6-6, 266-pound big man skated with the Wild’s Jason Zucker and worked out with Timberwolves young star Karl-Anthony Towns.
Both sessions were used to produce promo videos for Rudolph’s Pro Bowl aspirations. He last played in the all-star game in 2012 and was the game MVP.
The promos offer high entertainment value with Rudolph showing off his puck-handling skills and ability to dunk a basketball. The most impressive highlight, though, might be the shot Rudolph makes several rows into the stands at Target Center. Towns failed to make the same shot.