Five Minnesota Vikings players will be participating in the Pro Bowl this year and while it isn’t quite like the Super Bowl, it will have to do for now.
The Vikings were trashed by the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC championship and missed the opportunity to challenge the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl LII.
Among the Vikings players voted into the NFL All-Star game are Adam Thielen, Harrison Smith, Kyle Rudolph, Linval Joseph and Xavier Rhodes. According to Fox9 News, Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr also made it to the Pro Bowl game but they begged off from playing.
Smith admitted that he’s still grieving after losing the championship game because he still didn’t process what he was feeling after clearing his locker room to board a plane to Orlando for the Pro Bowl.
“As professionals, you have to take the good and the bad and learn from both of them,” he said.
“So that’s what we’ll do.”
He said that the Vikings will get time off before they go back to camp. But each of them has a responsibility to continue to work on their flaws in order to come back stronger better next season. Then they have to assess the previous season and try to spot where they did wrong and correct those mistakes.
Cornerback Rhodes said that the main reason for playing in the Pro Bowl was to alleviate some of the pain of missing the big dance. He said he always take it hard everytime they lose, but having come so close to the Super Bowl was doubly painful.
“The great vibe, the players …” he said. “Just the happiness — everyone’s been happy here.”
Rhodes said being the Pro Bowl, he will be surrounded with other players who also fell short of playing in the Super Bowl. “When you have that many players who have been in that type of situation who can help you move on, that’s what you want to be around,” he added.