Four has now become five.
Linebacker Chad Greenway is the fifth Minnesota Vikings player to be named to the 2013 NFC Pro Bowl roster. Greenway will head to Hawaii in place of Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who will miss the game due to shoulder surgery.
Greenway will join four other Vikings – running back Adrian Peterson, fullback Jerome Felton, kicker Blair Walsh and defensive end Jared Allen – in Honolulu as part of the NFC roster. This will mark his second trip to Hawaii during his seven years in the NFL.
The former Iowa star received his first Pro Bowl invitation last season, when he racked up 154 total tackles and two sacks. His second selection comes after another outstanding season during which Greenway amassed 148 total tackles, three sacks and an interception. He finished the year third in tackles throughout the league and helped spur a vastly-improved Vikings defense.
The Vikings’ Pro Bowl count is now to five, but that number could change again if other players are forced to drop out due to injury or the Super Bowl before January 27. Center John Sullivan has been named as a first alternate while rookie left tackle Matt Kalil is also slotted as a replacement. Long snapper Cullen Loeffler could also play in Honolulu as Blair’s guest if the coaching staff picks him.
Seeing as the Vikings surprised the entire NFL by ending with a 10-6 record and a playoff berth, it’s great to know that their players are getting the recognition they deserve.