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Four Minnesota Vikings named to Pro Bowl

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Including one that you’re probably not expecting

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Both of these men made the Pro Bowl. That’s right. . .both.
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Just a little while ago, the National Football League announced the rosters for the 2019 Pro Bowl, which will take place in January in Orlando, Florida. Four members of the Minnesota Vikings were named to the squad. . .three of whom you were probably expecting, and one that’s probably going to come as a surprise.

Defensive end Danielle Hunter, wide receiver Adam Thielen, and safety Harrison Smith were named to the team. This is the fourth consecutive Pro Bowl for Smith, who is widely regarded as one of the best safeties in the league, and the second in a row for Thielen, who has been near the top of most major receiving categories all season. It’s the first Pro Bowl for Hunter, who has been on a tear all season long and is second in the NFL in sacks with 14.5. Those three men aren’t any sort of a surprise.

The surprise is provided by linebacker Anthony Barr. (At least, it was a surprise to me, anyway.) This is Barr’s fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, and it comes in a season where he’s certainly had his ups and downs. He’s missed a couple of games with injuries, and had a couple of games early on where he didn’t look particularly great. Still, the people that make the rosters saw enough in him to name him to the team again.

Below are the full rosters for both the AFC and the NFC. Congratulations to Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter, Harrison Smith, and Adam Thielen on making this year’s Pro Bowl squad!

AFC Roster

Quarterback

Running back

Fullback

  • Anthony Sherman, Kansas City Chiefs

Tackle

  • Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans
  • Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs

Guard

Center

  • Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Mike Pouncey, Los Angeles Chargers

Tight end

  • Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts

Wide receiver

  • DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
  • Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Defensive end

  • J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
  • Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
  • Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers

Defensive tackle

  • Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans
  • Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside linebacker

  • Von Miller, Denver Broncos
  • Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans
  • Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs

Inside linebacker

  • C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
  • Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans

Cornerback

Free safety

  • Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens

Strong safety

Kicker

  • Jason Myers, New York Jets

Punter

  • Brett Kern, Tennessee Titans

Return specialist

  • Andre Roberts, New York Jets

Special teamer

  • Adrian Phillips, Los Angeles Chargers

NFC Roster

Quarterback

Running back

Fullback

Tackle

  • Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys
  • Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints
  • Trent Williams, Washington Redskins

Guard

Center

Tight end

  • Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
  • George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Wide receiver

  • Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
  • Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
  • Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
  • Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Defensive end

  • Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints
  • DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys
  • Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Defensive tackle

  • Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
  • Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears

Outside linebacker

  • Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears
  • Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Redskins
  • Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings

Inside linebacker

Cornerback

Free safety

  • Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears
  • Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Strong Safety

  • Landon Collins, New York Giants

Kicker

  • Aldrick Rosas, New York Giants

Punter

Return specialist

  • Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears

Special teamer

  • Cory Littleton, Los Angeles Rams