Four Vikings make Pro Bowl

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive end Danielle Hunter, safety Harrison Smith and wide receiver Adam Thielen have been selected by players, fans and coaches to the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl.

Barr has been named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl a week after a career-high 2.0 sacks versus Miami. The team captain has helped the Vikings defense rank near the top of the league in several categories. The defensive unit ranks first in third down conversions, holding opponents to 28.6 percent, leads the NFL with 47 sacks, and has limited opponents to 202.9 passing yards per game, the fourth best mark in the NFL. According to coach’s stats, Barr has totaled 63 tackles, 3.0 sacks, six tackles for loss, and one forced fumble in 2018.

Hunter, who is tied for second in the NFL in sacks with 14.5, has earned his first Pro Bowl nod in his fourth NFL season. In the Vikings Week 9 matchup against Detroit, Hunter recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks along with one defensive touchdown and helped the team to a franchise record 10.0 sacks in a single game. The Katy, Texas; native went on to earn NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for that effort. The 24-year-old defensive end is first in total tackles (66), sacks (14.5) and TFLs (20) at his position in the NFC.

Smith, with three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, six tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, is one of the most versatile safeties in the league. The four-time Pro Bowler became the first player to record three interceptions and 3.0 sacks in a single season since Landon Collins and Ryan Shazier in 2016. Smith is tied for the most interceptions on the team and is the second leading tackler with 71 total tackles (55 solo). The seventh-year veteran is attending his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, trailing only Paul Krause (6) and Joey Browner (6 – one as a special teamer) for the most among Vikings safeties.

Thielen, who has earned his second straight Pro Bowl honor, is second in the NFL with 105 receptions. His 1,255 receiving yards make him the first Viking to record back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons since Randy Moss did so from 1998-2003. The Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; native became the second player in NFL history to record eight consecutive games of 100 or more receiving yards and the first to do so to start a season. An undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Thielen joins Gene Washington, John Gilliam, Sammy White, Ahmad Rashad, Anthony Carter, Cris Carter and Randy Moss as the only Vikings wide receivers to be named to multiple Pro Bowls.

The 2019 Pro Bowl kicks off at 2:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, January 27 and will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

VIKINGS PRO BOWLERS UNDER MIKE ZIMMER

Anthony Barr, LB                                     2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Teddy Bridgewater, QB                           2015

Everson Griffen, DE                                 2015, 2016, 2017

Danielle Hunter, DE                                 2018

Linval Joseph, DT                                    2016, 2017

Cordarrelle Patterson, RS                        2016

Adrian Peterson, RB                                2015

Harrison Smith, S                                     2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Xavier Rhodes, CB                                  2016, 2017

Adam Thielen, WR                                   2017, 2018

NFL announces game officials for the 2018 season

The NFL roster of game officials for the 2018 season will include seven first-year NFL officials among the group of 121, the league announced today.

Field judge LAND CLARK (Pac-12), field judge MATT EDWARDS (Big Ten), side judge CHAD HILL (SEC), field judge ANTHONY JEFFRIES (SEC), back judge TONY JOSSELYN (SEC), line judge MARK STEWART (Big 12) and field judge DON WILLARD (Big Ten) will make their NFL officiating debuts this season.

Four officials – SHAWN HOCHULI, ALEX KEMP, CLAY MARTIN, and SHAWN SMITH– have been promoted to referee for the upcoming season.  Each of them were referees at the highest level of college football prior to entering the NFL at different positions and have been part of the NFL’s Referee Training Program from their first season in the league.

Both Shawn Hochuli (ED HOCHULI) and Alex Kemp (STAN KEMP) are the sons of former NFL referees.

Two sets of fathers and sons are included among the roster of officials — WALT COLEMAN, the dean of NFL officials entering his 30th season, and his son, WALT IV; and STEVE FREEMAN and his son, BRAD — and three sets of brothers – ALLEN and RUSTY BAYNES; JEFF and JERRY BERGMAN; and CARL, DINO & PERRY PAGANELLI.

Steve Freeman and PHIL MC KINNELY are the only current game officials to have also enjoyed NFL playing careers. Freeman played for 13 seasons, including 12 as a defensive back with the Buffalo Bills from 1975–86. McKinnely played for seven seasons on the offensive line from 1976–82, including five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 1976–80.

The following is the complete 2018 NFL roster of officials, including crew assignments, which may change during the season due to injury, schedule conflicts, etc.:

 

 

No.

 

Name

 

Pos.

 

College

 

Crew

NFL Experience

(including 2018)

122 Brad Allen R Pembroke State Allen 5
20 Barry Anderson U North Carolina State Cheffers 12
66 Walt Anderson R Texas Anderson 23
108 Gary Arthur LJ Wright State Cheffers 22
72 Michael Banks SJ Illinois State Parry 17
56 Allen Baynes SJ Auburn Hussey 11
59 Rusty Baynes LJ Auburn-Montgomery Boger 9
32 Jeff Bergman LJ Robert Morris Kemp 27
91 Jerry Bergman DJ Robert Morris Coleman 17
34 Clete Blakeman R Nebraska Blakeman 11
23 Jerome Boger R Morehouse Boger 15
40 Brian Bolinger LJ Indiana State Allen 2
18 Byron Boston LJ Austin Anderson 24
74 Derick Bowers LJ East Central Hussey 16
98 Greg Bradley LJ Tennessee Hochuli 10
43 Terry Brown FJ Tennessee Anderson 13
11 Fred Bryan U Northern Iowa Martin 10
86 Jimmy Buchanan FJ South Carolina State Torbert 10
134 Ed Camp DJ William Paterson Hochuli 19
63 Mike Carr DJ Wisconsin Boger 2
60 Gary Cavaletto SJ Hancock Vinovich 16
41 Boris Cheek SJ Morgan State Morelli 23
51 Carl Cheffers R California-Irvine Cheffers 19
130 Land Clark FJ Sevier Valley Tech Cheffers 1
16 Kevin Codey DJ Western New England Hussey 4
95 James Coleman SJ Arkansas Smith 14
65 Walt Coleman R Arkansas Coleman 30
87 Walt Coleman IV LJ Southern Methodist Blakeman 4
99 Tony Corrente R Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 24
94 Hugo Cruz DJ Texas-Pan American Cheffers 4
25 Ryan Dickson SJ Utah Corrente 2
27 Lee Dyer BJ Tennessee-Chattanooga Anderson 16
76 Alan Eck U Bloomsburg Corrente 3
96 Matt Edwards FJ Western Michigan Parry 1
3 Scott Edwards SJ Alabama Torbert 20
81 Roy Ellison U Savannah State Hochuli 16
61 Keith Ferguson BJ San Jose State Morelli 19
64 Dan Ferrell U Cal State-Fullerton Torbert 16
71 Ruben Fowler U Huston-Tillotson Allen 13
88 Brad Freeman SJ Mississippi State Martin 5
133 Steve Freeman BJ Mississippi State Kemp 18
80 Greg Gautreaux FJ S.W. Louisiana Coleman 17
128 Ramon George U Lenoir-Rhyne Blakeman 3
103 Eugene Hall SJ North Texas Cheffers 5
49 Rich Hall U Arizona Kemp 15
93 Scott Helverson BJ Iowa Wrolstad 16
29 Adrian Hill SJ Buffalo Wrolstad 9
125 Chad Hill SJ Mississippi Hochuli 1
97 Tom Hill FJ Carson Newman