It took an injury in order for it to happen, but the Minnesota Vikings finally got a second player on to this year's Pro Bowl roster.
It was announced yesterday that defensive end Everson Griffen will be joining running back Adrian Peterson on the trip to Honolulu this year. He was named to the squad as a replacement for Houston Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt, who will be sitting out of the game due to injury. (And, in Watt's case, it appears to actually be an injury, as opposed to the "injuries" that cause other players to skip the Pro Bowl.)
Griffen was a big part of a Vikings' defense that is rapidly making the rise up the ranks of defenses in the National Football League. He led the team with 10.5 sacks, giving him a total of 22.5 in the two seasons that he's been the starter at right defensive end for the purple since the departure of Jared Allen. He also made what was probably the biggest single defensive play of the season, forcing the fumble by Aaron Rodgers that was picked up and returned for a touchdown by Captain Munnerlyn in Minnesota's 20-13 victory at Lambeau Field in Week 17.
Congratulations to the man they call "Sack Daddy" on being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.