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Five Vikings Named to 2023 Pro Bowl Roster


Dec 21, 2022 at 07:00 PM

Sam Thiel

Editorial Assistant

EAGAN, Minn. — The voting results are in for the 2023 Pro Bowl Games.

The Vikings have five players that were selected to this year's Pro Bowl through a method that counts fans' votes, coaches' votes and players' votes one-third apiece.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is making his fourth appearance; wide receiver Justin Jefferson and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith are getting their third appearances; tight end T.J. Hockenson is going back for a second time, and long snapper Andrew DePaola has been named to the NFL all-star roster for the first time.


Nine more Minnesota players were named alternates for the Pro Bowl Games, which is shifting this year to a flag football contest and other competitions.


Running back Dalvin Cook, fullback C.J. Ham, outside linebacker Danielle Hunter and return specialist Kene Nwangwu were announced as first alternates.


Five Vikings Named to 2023 Pro Bowl Games

T.J. Hockenson

A mid-season acquisition from the Lions on Nov. 1, Hockenson — who garnered his first Pro Bowl selection since 2020 — has also made an immediate impact for Minnesota.

In seven games, the tight end has recorded 39 receptions for 335 yards and a touchdown. He also caught the 2-point conversion against the Colts last Saturday that tied the game at 36 with 2:15 left in regulation.

Hockenson currently has 65 catches for 730 receiving yards, with the latter being the second-most by a tight end this season. He has four receiving touchdowns in 2022, which is tied for the sixth-most by a tight end through Week 15 and he set the franchise record for most receptions (36) by a player in his first six games with the Vikings. The previous mark was set by Rickey Young in 1978 with 33.

Hockenson is also the first Vikings tight end since Kyle Rudolph in 2017 to be named to the Pro Bowl.

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